Donald Trump has revealed that he is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice over his decision to fire the FBI Director, James Comey, who was leading an inquest into the possible collusion between his election campaign and Russia's alleged effort to interfere with the 2016 election.
Trump demonstrated Friday morning that the Russian Federation probe continues to consume his attention, tweeting a stream of messages decrying the controversy.
The furious early morning barrage of tweets - his second in as many days - came as the special counsel investigating Russia's influence over his election pieced together a high-caliber legal team and readied to begin interviews.
After former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump and his allies strained hard to claim victory.
After the firestorm caused by Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote.
Trump's tweet that he's being investigated "by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director" may refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice.
That will only add to a sense of foreboding that pervades the White House, from the crammed collective workspaces of junior officials all the way to the Oval Office.
The preservation order covers any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine, and records on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, business partner Rick Gates, informal adviser and friend Roger Stone, and Flynn, according to a memo obtained by the Times.
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Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
Pence tapped far-from-average lawyer Richard Cullen, who litigated the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, the Watergate affair and the 2000 vote recount in Florida.
Will Rosenstein recuse himself from overseeing... The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events. "However, nothing has changed", a DOJ spokesman said. The questions included whether he had confidence in Rosenstein, whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and how he knows he's under investigation by the FBI.
Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is also a target of the Russia probe for his December meeting with the head of a Russian bank who has close ties to Vladimir Putin's government.
The inquiries have yet to show evidence of collusion.
"The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!"
Republicans might be more open to where this investigation goes than Democrats were with Bill Clinton and Ken Starr-look at all the investigations they have opened even while in the majority.
The Post quoted officials as saying an obstruction of justice investigation targeting the president began between Comey's firing and Mueller's appointment, suggesting once again that the Justice Department was Trump's target.