Trump lashes out over probe into possible obstruction of justice

President Donald Trump complained on social media about the wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the US election as Robert Mueller appeared to widen his probe to include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

A special counsel is probing the 2016 presidential election and whether there were any contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump acknowledged publicly for the first time Friday that he was under investigation in the expanding inquiry into possible Russian influence in the election, and he appeared to attack the integrity of the Justice Department official in charge of leading it. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation. Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the direction of the inquiry.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

At the December meeting with [Russian Ambassador Sergey] Kislyak, Kushner suggested establishing a secure communications line between Trump officials and the Kremlin at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to USA officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account.

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, invoked Watergate to remind Congress the stakes.

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After Comey's firing, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal. Grassley's office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey's interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.

The president tweeted Friday, "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!" Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak. "I can go around them". This is looking at possible actions of a sitting us president.

Ditching derogatory rhetoric about the Washington "swamp", Trump rallied in support of his fellow politicians and called on the country to pull together. After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so".

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", Gingrich wrote on Twitter, adding "very risky".

Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month. Sad!" he wrote. "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great.

The President than went on to renew his attack on his presidential election opponent Hillary Clinton and her husband, former USA president Bill Clinton.

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