President Donald Trump appeared to confirm Friday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.
Details from some memos were made public in news media accounts in the days after he was sacked, and Comey himself detailed his conversations with Trump at a Senate hearing last week. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation". Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the President will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller", warned Sen.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in US elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign.
The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. "Nice", the president tweeted.
Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, kept up his criticism of the investigations in a series of tweets today.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.
"He's driving this", the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss West Wing internal deliberations.
Trump demonstrated Friday morning that the Russian Federation probe continues to consume his attention, tweeting a stream of messages decrying the controversy.
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In his tweet, Trump says he was "told" to fire Comey, but the commander in chief normally doesn't take orders from members of his administration. "President Trump said prior that once he gets in he's going to kick the S-H-I-T out of the enemy".
Trump's Friday morning tweet capped off 24 hours of comments on Twitter about the investigation, including several remarks about his opponent in the 2016 election.
The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.
Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Carallo told the Washington Post". It wasn't clear whether he was basing his tweet on direct knowledge or on media reports.
After the "mother of all bombs" was deployed to fight ISIS in Afghanistan in April, a U.S. Central Command spokesman appeared to affirm Trump's aggressive statements against the Islamic State.
Law enforcement sources tell CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full-scale obstruction investigation.
Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.
Trump has called The Washington Post report a "phony story" and a "WITCH HUNT".