Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

President Trump Reveals He Is Being Investigated

President Trump Reveals He Is Being Investigated

President Donald Trump is telling his Twitter followers that they are witnessing the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American history".

Major news organizations - including the Washington Post - have announced that President Donald Trump is now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice by special prosecution, Robert Mueller.

Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month.

A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given testimony by former FBI director James Comey, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe.

Mueller has the authority to investigate whether Trump tried to obstruct justice which is a potentially impeachable offense. Comey said he understood the president to be requesting that the FBI drop any investigation into alleged false statements Flynn made about his conversations with Russians.

It was not known whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of the information in the Post's report.

Trump again took to Twitter following the reports of Pence hiring a lawyer, suggesting Hillary Clinton should be the one under investigation. As CNN Politics reporter Chris Cillizza noted, it will be much harder for Trump and his colleagues to dismiss the FBI's probe into Russia's involvement as unnecessary meddling. Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

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Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller's dismissal.

Although he didn't name anyone, Trump appeared to be pointing the finger at Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who began overseeing the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it.

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he made a decision to dismiss him.

Most legal experts believe that represents an obstruction of justice.

In addition, officials also said investigators have been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.

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