Trump Is Officially Under Investigation

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, encouraged Americans in a statement issued late Thursday to be "skeptical about anonymous allegations" after a string of recent news reports about the evolving focus of the special counsel's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's associates.

Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what recommendation he received from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Regardless of the outcome, the spectre of Mr Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Mr Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team. Each time Comey says he told the president "no".

So, now, Trump tweets it is a witch hunt that Rosenstein is investigating him for firing Comey.

Comey has claimed Trump asked him to drop the investigation when he was heading the bureau, and according to multiple media reports, Trump attempted to enlist several senior intelligence official in a campaign to discredit the investigation and to state publicly that Trump did not collude with the Russian campaign to boost his electoral chances. "Witch Hunt", he wrote.

Comey painted a picture of an overbearing President he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Flynn.

On Thursday afternoon, Trump sent two tweets attacking his former opponent.

His memo criticizing Comey - issued amid the former FBI director's investigation into Russia's 2016 actions - has cast doubt over his objectivity in the eyes of many Democrats.

Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.

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".

"He is a man of extraordinary independence and integrity. and great character", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Wednesday, noting that the longtime Justice Department official "came to work, sat down and made his recommendation" to fire Comey.

In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the USA public to "exercise caution" before trusting media reports citing anonymous officials, despite the fact that the Trump administration continues to use them in official statements to the media. The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

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