Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

Trump Tweets He's The Subject Of A 'Witch Hunt'

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story".

The former US attorney for Maryland is understood to have played a key role in President Donald Trump's dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, with the White House citing a memo in which Rosenstein raised concerns over Comey's performance.

Former FBI director James Comey testified last week that soon after he was sacked in mid-May, he asked a friend to share the contents of a memo in which he described a conversation with President Trump that Comey had found troubling.

In one, he told CBS's Face the Nation that "there has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

Mr. Rosenstein later appointed Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, which the president has repeatedly labeled a "witch hunt".

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

The president does have the legal right to halt the kind of investigation that the FBI was conducting in the Flynn matter.

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The Post report only further embroils Trump and his presidency in legal problems that also feature lawsuits from the District of Columbia and Maryland, as well as almost 200 congressional Democrats, over his business holdings and foreign governments. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has expansive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

The US president has repeatedly denied any connections to Russian Federation and expressed desire to end the probe with integrity as soon as possible.

Now, Richard W. Painter, the former White House ethics lawyer tweeted Saturday saying: "Just appeared on FOX News".

The former speaker said Trump called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns. Yesterday, news broke that Mike Pence hired outside counsel to represent him on related inquiries as well.

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

Richard Cullen is a former Virginia attorney general and a former USA attorney for the eastern district of Virginia. The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, the President himself continues to attack the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling.

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