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Trump tweet appears to confirm investigation

19 June 2017

But Rosenstein is not now heading the FBI's probe into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with a Russian campaign that USA intelligence officials have said was seeking to tilt the outcome of the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

Thomas' reporting confirms those interview will take place, though he cautions Mueller has not yet chose to conduct a full-scale investigation and describes this stage of this inquiry as "preliminary".

"Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted on Friday, apparently referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to overtake the sprawling Russian Federation probe. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has expansive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he is being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, describing the probe as a "witch hunt". According to James Comey, President Trump tried to ask for loyalty from the ex-FBI director and urged to see that he can "let go" of the Russian Federation investigation on Trump's administration.

Thursday, Trump griped he was receiving unfair treatment from investigators compared with his election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Was the Rosenstein memo the reason Comey was sacked?

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on May 11, Trump said he was "going to fire [Comey] regardless of recommendation" from Rosenstein and Sessions.

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated", he said.

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"If that happens Mike Pence will soon become the 46th President", Painter wrote. I really, truly believe that.

The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped conversations.

What do you think of the current turn of events in the White House?

Schiff said if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed.

"President Trump is hurting his own case every time he goes on [Twitter]", said a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, on MSNBC.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m., Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt".

President Trump's singular obsession with the Russian Federation probe is making the lives of his aides and advisers even more miserable than usual.

That news appears to have infuriated the president, who also lashed out at the media on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama's detente with Cuba.