March 18 2018

Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets

March 18 2018, 05:18 | Rex Rios

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Sad!" he wrote. "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great.

Trump demonstrated Friday morning that the Russian Federation probe continues to consume his attention, tweeting a stream of messages decrying the controversy.

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members. Oh, that and Trump is now personally under investigation for obstruction of justice. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations. The White House then spent a couple days suggesting that Trump only fired Comey because Rosenstein advised him to.

Arizona senator John McCain said firing Mueller or stunting the probe would cause grave damage.

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, continued his harsh criticism of the investigations in series of tweets on Friday.

Allegations Kushner's finances are being studied as part of the investigation come after it was reported last month the team behind the probe were examining meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late past year during the presidential transition.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in last year's presidential elections, as has the White House.

Comey painted a picture of an overbearing President he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Flynn.

A representative for Trump's lawyer promptly reacted to the allegation. Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.

As the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 American election intensifies, some of Donald Trump's closest allies are questioning whether special counsel Robert Mueller's wide-ranging investigation is becoming too partisan. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.

While Trump claimed Friday that Rosenstein told him to fire Comey, the Republican has said in interviews that he had long planned to make the decision.

This is what he said in May. When The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller was investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, a spokesman for the President's private attorney called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

A poll conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has found that approximately 61 percent of participants believe that President Trump attempted to "obstruct the investigation" into the alleged Russian 2016 election interference.

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