Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

"Rosenstein puts out an incredibly freakish statement that reads more like a muddled Trump speech than a DOJ release". But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.

"The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy", Mr Trump tweeted in February.

A person familiar with Trump's tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he's been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe.

Even though Rosenstein's statement was not directed toward any publication in particular, the statement was released hours after an exclusive report by the Post claimed Kushner has become Mueller's next target in the probe into possible collusion between Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential elections.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

But as the legal rope has tightened, his allies have gone on the offensive, questioning the credibility of the special investigator Mueller, a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served under Republican president George W. Bush. "Nice", he wrote in reaction to a Washington Post report alleging he is under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.

An aide to Vice President Mike Pence revealed on Thursday that he was hiring Richard Cullen - a veteran of the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida - as a private lawyer. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" One memo recounts a February request from Trump that Comey end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The tweet also comes the same week Mueller's probe was reported to have expanded to Trump son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to refute allegations made against him to a congressional committee in a high-stakes televised hearing. Sad!" he wrote. "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great.

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