President Trump Confirms He Is Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice

And, as it turned out, the FBI had already launched its own obstruction investigation days after the firing - right after Trump went on NBC and himself linked Comey's firing to "this Russian Federation thing". "Her attitude toward the investigation is likely to be a bit different from Rosenstein's, more informed by the structure of presidential authority and less by unwritten norms of prosecutorial independence".

Vice President Mike Pence is next in line to lead the US if President Donald Trump is impeached.

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

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 "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

Before his dismissal, Comey confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating alleged Russian government efforts to interfere in the election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow. "Trump surrogates are making up Mueller "conflicts" to justify firing him".

Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, a friend of the President, said earlier this week that Trump was considering firing Mueller, who has been appointed to investigate Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election.

The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence took what he later described as a "very routine" step of hiring outside counsel to represent him. Those associates include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

The talk of Donald Trump's impeachment or resignation has gotten to the point that there is speculation as to who Mike Pence will choose as his vice president once he is ushered in as the new president.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.

Not for the first time, Trump gives a false impression of what's really going on.

What that means is, amid confirmation of an obstruction inquiry, Trump went straight back to Twitter to leave a few more bread crumbs for investigators on the path to his own guilt.

CNN, however, referenced an unnamed "person familiar with Trump's tweet" who said the president was referring to news reports claiming he is under investigation for obstructing justice.

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