Trump acknowledges he's under investigation


Mr Trump, he said, was merely responding to an anonymously sourced Washington Post report that said special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between Trump aides and Russian Federation had expanded to look at Mr Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

Trump is facing "obstruction of justice" charges after abruptly firing Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey who claimed before a Senate Committee last week that Trump pressured him to close investigations into Russian Federation election meddling.

Last month, President Donald Trump and his administration were out praising Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Attorney Jay Sekulow told NBC and CNN in interviews that Trump "is not under investigation by the special counsel", Robert Mueller, although Trump said Friday that Mueller is investigating him.

Hours later, a source close to Mr Trump's outside legal team said Mr 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. President Donald Trump's closest allies are attacking the integrity of those involved in the widening probe of Russian interference in the USA election, accusing special counsel Mueller of driving a biased investigation.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that he was being investigated, but his lawyer says otherwise.

Trump advisers describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy.

"That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources", Mr Sekulow told CNN.

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Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defense attorney specializing in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing.

Just yesterday, Trump denied that an investigation is being conducted against him for obstruction of justice. Based in part on the people he is hiring to assist in the probe, some wonder whether he may lean toward a less-than-objective investigation, at the president's expense.

Trump's lawyer is both claiming that the investigation is bogus, and that there is no investigation in the same answer.

The interview got a little weird after that, with Sekulow seemingly confirming that Trump was under investigation, before backtracking again.

"Let me be clear here. Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his May 9 dismissal of James Comey.

Wallace then asked if Trump believes the law allows for a president to be indicted.

The President tweeted Friday that he was under "investigation", which he called a "witch hunt" in another tweet.

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job. He maintained that the president's actions won't prevent any of the investigations from proceeding, and that getting to the bottom of what happened would benefit all involved, including President Trump.