Donald Trump blasts obstruction of justice probe reports as 'phony'

Donald Trump blasts obstruction of justice probe reports as 'phony'

President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday for the first time that he's being investigated for his role in firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, calling the probe a "witch hunt". "Nice", Trump tweeted, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

It wasn't immediately clear to whom Trump was referring, though the man who wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was also the official who approved the appointment of a special counsel to look into Russian election meddling.

The president launched his latest tweetstorm Friday morning, during which he once again blasted the mainstream media, described the probes of his administration as a "witch hunt" and seemingly confirmed that he is now under investigation.

The crime of obstruction of justice could lead to a move to impeach Trump in Congress, something that some Democratic lawmakers had called for, provided that the unfolding facts prove that to be warranted.

The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn". Diana Feinstein, D-San Francisco, to respond with her own tweets saying Trump appears to think he's above the law.

The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, had reported some hours earlier that Mueller, who is probing Russia's election interference and the possible links between Moscow and Trump's campaign, had added a key element to that probe, namely that the President would now be under investigation for obstruction of justice.

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The White House has denied any collusion, and President Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.

US President Donald Trump today ridiculed as "phony" and "witch hunt" claims about collusion between Russian Federation and his associates after media reports that he is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice. They include Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and his former deputy director, Richard Ledget, the Post reported.

On Thursday afternoon, Trump sent two tweets attacking his former opponent.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Marc Corallo, a spokesman for Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz told CBS News Wednesday night.

"A lot of people have tried to make the case - including the president - that this means that the collusion investigation is being abandoned", Entous said.

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