Trump lawyer says President isn't under investigation, despite tweets

President Donald Trump said he was under investigation for his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in a series of tweets sent in the early morning hours of June 16.

Days after Comey was abruptly ousted, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

His investigation then grew to include looking at whether President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he was unwilling to back off the Russian Federation investigation. On Friday, the President tweeted he was under "investigation", which he called a "witch hunt" in another tweet. The Democratic National Committee called on Mr Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but also said authority over the investigation should be given to Mr Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

The president made a tweet about his defeated Democratic opponent complaining that the probe is unfair. "Witch Hunt", tweeted the president as he both confirmed a blockbuster Washington Post story from Wednesday and contradicted himself yet again about his decision to fire James Comey in May.

"Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic and jobs numbers are great".

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to advise him and represent his legal interests.

He also said it would be up to Mr Mueller to decide whether Mr Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Trump and his White House have offered various explanations for Comey's abrupt ouster, including that he lost the confidence of the bureau's rank and file - a suggestion flatly dismissed by acting director Andrew McCabe. Rosenstein, the former U.S. Attorney for Maryland, crafted a memo laying out the case for Comey's ouster soon after assuming his role as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.

His tweets come as Mr Trump marks two years since announcing his plan to run for president.

United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

President confirms he is the subject of an inquiry into obstruction of justice and abuses of power.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said it would be up to Meuller to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice.

That includes information about the activities of Trump associates, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, outside adviser Roger Stone and foreign policy aide Carter Page.

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