President Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing

"Nice, ' Trump tweeted, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a 'witch hunt".

"I'm being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" said Trump, lamenting what he called a "witch hunt".

Trump also appeared to put Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his crosshairs.

Comey said he believed Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of the president's former national security adviser, and that White House officials spread "lies, plain and simple" to cover up the reason for his dismissal. Thursday night, Rosenstein issued an unusual statement complaining about leaks in the case.

The tweets potentially could put the president into deeper legal peril.

After the firestorm caused by Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation.

Trump was strongly critical of some of Comey's testimony but said Comey had vindicated him by saying while he was at the agency, Trump was not the subject of the FBI's Russian Federation probe. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job. "Absent the most extreme circumstances, the President would be singularly ill-advised to threaten, much less order, Mueller's firing".

Starr, however, warned that Mueller should be careful not to "wander outside the bounds of professionalism and basic integrity" - as those would be grounds to fire him. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", he said in the statement. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein's full statement read.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. The unnamed sources claim that Kushner discussed setting up a confidential line of communication between Trump and Russian officials during the Kislyak meeting. Rosenstein also has the authority to fire Mueller, a point he made in Senate testimony earlier this week.

President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in June.

Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to officials familiar with the matter.

Canning Rosenstein would thrust Brand into the captain's chair of the Russian Federation probe, at least until the Senate confirmed a new deputy attorney general.

Trump also trained his fire on his onetime rival Hillary Clinton.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will". Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Pence headed the Trump transition team until Inauguration Day.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice-President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

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