Robert Mueller gifts probe to US President Donald Trump for birthday

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"Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" he said in an early morning tweet.

In an attempt to sound upbeat and to downplay the new developments in a controversy that has now reached the Oval Office, Trump also said that "despite the phony witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9.

Mr Comey said he was "sure" Mr Mueller was looking at whether Mr Trump had obstructed justice.

Mr Putin echoed Mr Trump's criticism of Mr Comey, saying it was "very strange" a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief leaked details of his conversations with the United States president to the media through a friend.

Several congressional panels are also investigating the Russian Federation issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency.

Late Thursday, reports surfaced Vice President Mike Pence hired a lawyer to assist him through probes into whether there were ties between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

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Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed Mueller for reportedly launching investigation against Trump.

Trump's 9:07 a.m. tweet appeared to be principally directed at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the number-two official at the Justice Department who authored a memo justifying Comey's firing.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently confirmed President Trump's tweets are in fact official statements.

Rosenstein handed the reigns of that investigation over to independent Special Counsel Robert Mueller about one week after Comey's dismissal.

Mr Trump's tweet sparked the derision of social media users. 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.

Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation.

Both actions seek documents Comey told the Senate he created earlier this year immediately after meetings and conversations with the president.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the release of that statement by Rosenstein, whether it was in response to recent stories that suggested the President was under investigation for obstruction of justice, or some other reason.

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