Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation.
"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".
In response to the stories, Trump, in tweets, expressed frustration, saying he is the target of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history ..."
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Allies have even floated the idea that Mueller may be fired.
It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey. Mr. Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Mr. Comey.
The move ordered Thursday by the transition's general counsel cast a wide net on documents tied to the Russian Federation investigation as well as inquiries into the activities of Trump associates. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
Ultimately, it would be up to Mueller to decide whether there is enough evidence to recommend pursuing charges on any part of the investigation.
Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a friend of the President, said earlier this week that Trump was considering firing Mueller, who has been appointed to investigate Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election.More news: List of Republican congressmen found with baseball practice shoo
After Trump's tweet Friday morning, a person close to the president's legal team told NPR's Scott Horsley that the tweet referred to the Wednesday Washington Post report regarding possible obstruction of justice. "Nice", the President tweeted.
He was answering accounts that he is personally being investigated for obstruction of justice with a characteristic scorched-earth defence: claiming mistreatment of historic proportions and calling into question the probity of his accusers.
"Today the President of the United States confirmed he's under criminal investigation".
Through a spokesman, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, blasted the Post's report, though he stopped short of denying it.
The President's legal team - slammed the leak of the story - as outrageous and illegal.
Top Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern that Trump may try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein, warning "he's in for a rude awakening" if he thinks he can shut down the investigation.
Both actions seek documents Comey told the Senate he created earlier this year immediately after meetings and conversations with the president.
"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked.
The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.