Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story". "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported Mueller is investigating Trump directly, over alleged obstruction of justice.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says former FBI Director James Comey's acknowledgement that he had given memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump to a friend who leaked them to the media is "weird". At his testimony in front of Congress last week, Comey said he believed Trump fired him as a result of how he was handling the Russian Federation probe.

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is under federal investigation and appeared to single out a senior Justice Department official for criticism, underscoring his growing frustration with the persistent focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possibly his campaign. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

People familiar with the matter told the Post that the obstruction of justice probe started in the wake of Trump's firing of Comey.

One transition official said Trump lashed out at reporters over old stories within a day of winning the election in November. Though just over half of Americans say they disapprove of Trump's firing of Comey, the number grows to 79 per cent among Democrats. They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.

These reports point to an important twist: Trump is now the subject of a criminal investigation because of actions he took as president.

Trump has told associates he has the legal authority to fire Mueller.

He said the investigation could get dragged out if people of interest refuse to cooperate or if Trump uses executive privilege.

Trump's reference to the Russian Federation probe as a reason for firing Comey bothers Linda Richardson, 62 - but not enough to second-guess his decision. The story relies on information from five anonymous officials, without mentioning what agencies they work for or what level of seniority they have. 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. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation.

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