Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe, claiming 'witch hunt'

Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe, claiming 'witch hunt'

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" the president tweeted.

US President Donald Trump on Friday said that he was being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey last month. Trump tweets. Echoing tweets from Thursday, he concludes by adding: "Witch Hunt".

Comey was sacked on 9 May, and initially the White House cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server as the reason for his termination, releasing a memo authored by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein as a basis for this action.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.

In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump said nobody has been able to show any proof about his collusion with Moscow after months of investigations.

A spokesperson for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Comey also testified Trump had directed him to drop a related investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them.

The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee. But it did come in the midst of a two-day running twitter rant from President Donald Trump about the Russian Federation investigation.

The top ethics lawyer to former President George W. Bush warned on Saturday that if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller, Vice President Pence "will soon become the 46th President".

Before his dismissal, Comey confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating alleged Russian government efforts to interfere in the election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Trump fired Comey in May, just as the FBI was investigating ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Co-host Mika Brzezinski said, "It's really causing a problem for the presidency".

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