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Trump confirms he's under investigation for firing former FBI Director James Comey

Ellis Copeland | 20 June, 2017, 01:07

President Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".

In response, Trump has denied any wrongdoing, lashing out on social media with his defense while attempting to deflect the issue back onto former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Add in the fact that Jared Kushner's family needs a new source of financing to prop up its real estate holdings and the reports that he tried to create a backchannel that bypassed our own intelligence services and you've got a recipe for some serious under-the-table corruption. In December, he also met with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, in what the White House described as strictly diplomatic and not related to business.

Those meetings raised suspicions when they were revealed to the public.

Ultimately, it would be up to Mueller to decide whether there is enough evidence to recommend pursuing charges on any part of the investigation.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Gorelick said.

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.

"Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters".

Kushner rarely speaks publicly about role in the White House, but he has become a major figure in the administration with a sprawling list of policy responsibilities that includes Canada and Mexico, China, and peace in the Middle East.

The second, the official continued, is into whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them.

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Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russian Federation probe
In the statement Thursday evening, Rosenstein warned that US citizens should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.

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

Mueller's probe was already investigating Kushner's contacts with Russian officials during Trump's presidential transition period. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

Comey also said his friend, Columbia University professor Daniel Richman, returned his copy to the Federal Bureau of Investigation after leaking the memo on the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's behalf to The New York Times.

In another tweet earlier Friday, Trump writes, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.

"His view was still that it... could be misleading, because the nature of the investigation was such that it might well touch - obviously, it would touch the campaign, and the person at the head of the campaign would be the candidate", Comey said.

It was unclear whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey. "I can go around them", he posted.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the USA election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year".

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


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