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Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets

23 June 2017

After former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, President Trump and his allies strained hard to claim victory.

USA president Donald Trump appeared to confirm he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, as he lashed out at what he described as a "witch hunt" against him.

It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation.

But the source close to Trump's outside counsel said on condition of anonymity that the president was not confirming the investigation but was referring to a Washington Post story on Wednesday based on anonymous sources.

The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. It's all prompted officials and outside advisers to wonder if his actions have only made things worse for his administration as an investigation into ties between his campaign and Russian Federation continues to widen. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.

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Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump said nobody has been able to show any proof about his collusion with Moscow after months of investigations.

During congressional testimony last week, Comey stated under oath the President was not under investigation by the FBI prior to or after his firing. "Nice", Trump tweeted yesterday.

As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.

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The website reported that Trump will sometimes interrupt conversations with associates to say, "I'm not under investigation".

While accusing the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration of indulging in illegal acts, Trump had said that "there was never a special counsel appointed to oversee the acts of his Democrat predecessors".

"I was going to fire Comey", Trump told NBC News in an interview taped May 11. The transition team was led by Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump hadn't publicly admitted he was personally under investigation until now.

The Post reported that FBI agents and federal prosecutors are also looking into the financial dealings of Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign policy adviser Carter Page.

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Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets