Pres. Trump acknowledges he's being investigated

Rod Rosenstein

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. AP

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed he is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for firing ousted Director James Comey.

Last month, President Trump hired his own lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to handle Russia-related investigations by the FBI and USA congressional committees.

Mr. Trump's latest tweets drew a concerned statement from Sen. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

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".

Mr Comey, who was sacked on May 9, told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week he believed President Trump dismissed him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

But Mr Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

It was unclear if Trump was referencing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Justice Department had no comment on Trump's tweet Friday.

Trump has said he is "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating.

Recent news reports have suggested Mr Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring Mr Comey to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

On Twitter, Mr Trump dismissed as "phony" the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 United States election. The US president is reportedly probed over obstruction of justice. Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day.

Mr Trump said, according to a U.S. official quoted by the New York Times. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff. In part, the memo read that former 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".

Earlier this week the Washington Post released a story reporting Mueller is investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice.

Trump blasted the article on Twitter, saying "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".

President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, describing the ongoing inquiry as a "witch hunt".

On Thursday, Trump blasted news reports that he is under criminal investigation as a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.

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