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Trump confirms he's under investigation


Trump is accused of firing FBI director James Comey over his refusal to steer the Russian Federation investigation away from former national security advisor and Trump ally Mike Flynn.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to confirm that he is under investigation - or as he likes to call it, a "witch hunt".

The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff, Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Spencer Ackerman noted Friday that the "witch hunt" tweet shot down "48 hours of Trump's allies lobbing allegations of illegal "deep state" leaks and fake-news hit jobs".

Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but he appeared to be questioning the integrity of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Justice Department's No. 2 official.

Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month.

Earlier this week, the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller appeared to move closer to Trump.

Trump hadn't publicly admitted he was personally under investigation until now. As Trump still struggles to acknowledge, the USA intelligence community is fully convinced that Russian Federation carried out an attack on our democracy. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over FBI Director James Comey.

Coats told associates that Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to officials.

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia's meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. "If the President tries to fire him to diminish or stop this investigation, I would hope that finally there would be a bipartisan uproar against it".

During an appearance in Florida on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said his hiring of his own lawyer to help him in the Russian Federation inquiry was a "very routine" move.

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 transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe. Trump previously said that he always knew he would fire Comey.

Trump is an avid user of Twitter, with over 32 million followers on his personal account and more than 18 million people on the official presidential account.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.

Trump has reportedly been fuming over the Justice Department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

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