Donald Trump: It's a witch hunt against me


Pres. Trump says being investigated by "man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Trump also appeared to put Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his crosshairs.

Rosenstein is at the center of Comey's departure: His memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the basis that White House officials and Trump himself have used to defend Comey's dismissal, despite the FBI's ongoing investigation into the 2016 campaign and Russia's attempts to help Trump win. Former FBI head Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel a day after a report stemming from the notes was published.

So, now, Trump tweets it is a witch hunt that Rosenstein is investigating him for firing Comey. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the President's oath of office".

Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami.

"FBI director" James Comey in a tweet Friday morning, once again calling the investigation a "witch hunt".

Earlier, Mr Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey is a "phony story".

It was unclear what report or reports Rosenstein was referencing.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". Another official disputed that Rosenstein pushed for Sessions' recusal.

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In an attempt to inoculate the Trump administration from criticism over Comey, many top officials have heralded Rosenstein. 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.

President Donald Trump has just officially admitted he is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice.

Rosenstein took over the Russian Federation probe soon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. His transition team was ordered to preserve documents related to the Russian Federation investigation by the team's general counsel's office, according to The New York Times on Friday.

"The public interest requires me to place this investigation under a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Rosenstein said in his announcement last month. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice-President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

Pence had taken over the transition team from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

"[Transition team members] have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations", the memorandum stated.