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U.S. president not under investigation for obstruction: His attorney

U.S. president not under investigation for obstruction: His attorney

US President Donald Trump said that he was being investigated for his decision last month to fire the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, media reports said.

President Donald Trump is taking to Twitter denounce reports that the Russian Federation investigation is widening to examine whether he tried to obstruct justice.

If "the man" in the tweet is, in fact, Rosenstein - as one person who recently spoke to Trump told CNN - Trump's anger marks a whopper of a turnaround on the same man he and other senior White House officials praised effusively just weeks ago.

Sekulow said it was a response to an article in the Washington Post alleging Trump was under investigation for obstruction of justice.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phoney" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.

President confirms he is the subject of an inquiry into obstruction of justice and abuses of power. He's also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation.

The latest development was first carried in the Washington Post.

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"Let me be crystal clear so you completely understand, we have not received, nor are we aware of any investigation of the president of the United States".

Rosenstein serves under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations. Trump fired Comey on May 9. The last reference appeared to be a comparison to Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama, whose own favorability ratings were often below 50 percent, although he left office in January with a 59 to 37 percent favorable-to-unfavorable standing. "He's being investigated for taking the action that the attorney general and deputy attorney general recommended him to take by the agency who recommended the terminations!"

Trump "believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason", said Representative Adam Schiff, whose committee is also investigating Russia-Trump ties.

The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, contended the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.

If Trump ordered Brand to fire Mueller and she refused, the responsibility to oversee the special counsel would fall to Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a presidential executive order.

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members. I didn't see any interaction between Trump and Rosenstein. Manafort, Page and Stone have also been linked to the Russian Federation investigations.

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