"But the deputy attorney general, who would have to sign off on Mr. Mueller's firing, has become a favorite target for Mr. Trump in conversations with advisers and friends".
Hours later, a source close to Trump's outside legal team said Trump did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was reacting to a Washington Post story on Wednesday about the probe. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffDem: Congress will begin impeachment if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein House Russia probe considers expanding to Trump digital director: report Top Intel Dem: Congress won't allow Trump to "so egregiously overstep his authority" MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that Congress would "unite to stop [Trump] if he tried to fire the two men".
This week, a friend of Trump's said the President was considering firing Mueller - a task that would be complicated by justice department regulations, which say that only the attorney-general may fire a special counsel and only if there is good cause.
The report came after U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time on Friday that he was under investigation over the firing of FBI Director James Comey, while also appearing to attack Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, adding that the President has not received any notification that he is being investigated. "We're not and the only person responsible for that is the president with these very controversial tweets today", he said.
A White House spokesman referred a request for comment on Friday's tweets to the president's legal team.More news: Deputy AG: 'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations'
USA intelligence agencies concluded in a report issued in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. What Trump needs to do is stop talking, stop tweeting, and let his lawyers handle his defense.
The investigations conducted by the Department of Justice are separate from the White House. They are: Flynn; Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Trump.
The problem for Trump - and Congressional Republicans - is that Mueller's investigation is going to take time. "Witch Hunt" But it was Trump himself who bragged on TV to Lester Holt that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation.
Donald Trump, for your refusal to stop digging yourself into a hole, you had the Worst Week in Washington.