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Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt

Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday, June 16, 2017, he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

Trump had tweeted: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

And now his lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has made the freaky claim that is is not Trump's actions which were potentially unconstitutional, but rather the investigation into those actions itself.

The new tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses from the president over a report by the Washington Post that Mr Mueller was looking into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

To the contrary: Thanks to The Post, we now know that collusion is only one of three subject areas that the FBI investigation, now led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, is exploring.

"Anyone who knows Bob Mueller knows he is choosing the best people to serve on this investigative team - people that have experience in the issues that he wants to investigate and believes need to be investigated", Schiff said.

Mueller broadened the probe with the President now under investigation for obstruction of justice in probe regarding possible collusion by his campaign with the Kremlin. "He was referencing the Washington Post story from Wednesday night based on anonymous, illegal leaks". He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

Rosenstein was the one to make the decision because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Rosenstein had written a scathing memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House initially cited as the impetus for Comey's ouster.

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The source familiar with the Mueller probe told Reuters that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. "That's impossible. The president cannot be investigated, or certainly cannot be found liable for engaging in an activity he clearly has power to do under the constitution".

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Mr Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Sekulow has publicly criticised Comey, whom Trump fired.

Rosenstein, born in Pennsylvania, joined the Justice Department in 1990 and moved up the organization over the span of 27 years. "Absent the most extreme circumstances, the President would be singularly ill-advised to threaten, much less order, Mueller's firing".

The Democratic congressman's comment came as a key Democrat in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein offered her own concerns stemming from Trump's tweets. He told this to President Trump personally before he was sacked, and he confirmed it again in front of the Senate at the hearing.

A source close to Trump's legal team tells CGTN "no".

Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions points to signs of possible obstruction by Trump that warrant further investigation.

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