Trump Tweets That He's 'Being Investigated For Firing The FBI Director'

The Comey dismissal could become part of a widening investigation into whether the President tried to interfere with the ongoing Russian Federation probe. When Comey was deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, he appointed a close friend and former colleague, Patrick Fitzgerald, as special counsel to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer.

President Trump said, quote, "I am being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - exclamation point - witch hunt".

The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr. Some of his ire is aimed at Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say.

Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey.

In an early-morning tweetstorm, Trump blasted the investigation as a "witch hunt" and a "phony story".

David Gergen, a political analyst for CNN, said that Trump's legal team must be "going a little nuts" at this point. NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports. The said allegation, if proven true, can lead to Donald Trump's impeachment.

"That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein has replaced Attorney-General Jeff Sessions as head of the Russia-Trump probe.

Meanwhile, Sessions testified the same day about his role in the firing of Comey and why he recused himself.

Rosenstein also has authority to fire Mueller, if he finds evidence of good cause.

Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether Gorkov suggested to Kushner that Russian banks could finance the business ventures of Trump's associates if USA sanctions were lifted or relaxed.

Aides have counseled Mr Trump to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.

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

The New York Times questioned whether Mr Rosenstein had been asked by a White House official or Mr Trump himself to put out the statement. Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak.

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