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Trump knows he is "being investigated for firing the FBI Director"

Trump knows he is

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a pretty ambiguous statement Thursday. Rosenstein also approved the appointment of Mueller as special counsel after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "In addition to confirming that he is under investigation, the tweet makes a factual statement regarding the president's decision to fire James Comey, which is a subject of the investigation".

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction.

Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe.

The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey.

After Trump's tweet Friday morning, a person close to the president's legal team told NPR's Scott Horsley that the tweet referred to the Wednesday Washington Post report regarding possible obstruction of justice.

The tweet storm by the president followed an extended Twitter tirade that began Thursday night with broadsides at his Democratic rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton. Trump said last week he felt vindicated by Comey's June 8 testimony that he was not the subject of investigation while Comey headed the agency.

The memo from the transition's general counsel directs all staffers and volunteers who worked on the Trump transition to "preserve any written documents.as well as any electronic information" related to Russia, Ukraine and any foreign travel by Trump transition members.

That is why investigators want to know more about a meeting between Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and executives of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned development bank now under US sanctions. The recusal made Rosenstein the effective Attorney General on those matters.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.

Mr Rosenstein has previously said that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".

Moscow has denied any interference.

Trump did not respond to shouted questions from the media as he was leaving the White House lawns to board Marine One for the Joint Andres Air Force Base for his day-long trip to Florida. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.

"After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

The preservation order covers any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine, and records on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, business partner Rick Gates, informal adviser and friend Roger Stone, and Flynn, according to a memo obtained by the Times.


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