Trump announces he is being investigated over Russian meddling in election

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A slight majority of respondents did not approve of Trump's decision to fire former FBI director James Comey, though the poll also indicated a lack of confidence regarding the independent investigation being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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".

President Donald Trump has acknowledged that he is under investigation in a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and appeared to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.

While the Republican Trump administration initially said Rosenstein's letter was the reason the president fired Comey on May 9, Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing".

According to the Post, Trump has three ways of ousting Mueller.

A day later, Mr. Rosenstein appointed Mr. Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel.

At a ceremony last month to welcome Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's third-ranking official, Rosenstein joked awkwardly about being at the center of criticism since taking office, according to people who were in the room.

And if Rosenstein and Brand were both out of the picture, responsibility for the investigation would fall to Dana Boente, the acting head of the department's national security division and the current United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. The White House denies any collusion. But regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey. Mueller has been choosing his own staff, tapping top legal minds from inside and outside the Justice Department.

White House aides have been instructed to not talk about Russian Federation investigation, but that doesn't apply to the President.

Until Trump's Friday-morning Twitter burst, only the Washington Post's sources had indicated that Trump was being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.

Be smart: Trump, notorious for his litigiousness in NY, is playing an inside-outside game: stockpiling talent to protect him legally, while publicly trying to discredit the investigators and whatever they might eventually say or do.

Mr Comey gave evidence last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe.

The top lawyer for the Trump transition team has ordered the organization's staff to preserve all records and other materials related to the widening investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian representatives.

The Washington Post reported June 15 that Mueller was expanding his investigation to include potential obstruction of justice charges for Trump during his conversations with Comey.