Donald Trump is yelling at TVs in White House over Russian Federation probe

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

Rosenstein is the man responsible for both writing the memo recommending Comey's firing and for later naming Robert Mueller as special counsel in the wide-scoping investigation into Russian meddling in the election. "Witch Hunt", wrote Trump.

The tweet, which seems to confirm that Trump himself is under investigation, appears to reference Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as "the man" investigating him.

Earlier this week USA media reported that Mr Mueller was investigating the president for possible obstruction of justice.

Sessions has already recused himself from the case, so Rosenstein is effectively the Attorney General on the case and Brand would replace him should he recuse himself.

That would leave supervision of the Mueller probe to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, a a Harvard law graduate who clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and ran the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department.

The deputy attorney general later appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry, following growing demands from Democrats to appoint an independent special prosecutor to examine the Russian Federation allegations.

Rosenstein's unusual statement, which he issued over the objections of some advisers, said in part: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'".

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

"It certainly sounds like the president is adding Rod Rosenstein to the enemy's list along with Bob Mueller and James Comey and an ever increasing number of people", Sen.

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.

This was not the first time Mr Trump had taken aim at the pair. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said it would be up to Meuller to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice.

While Trump was successful and able to become the new commander in chief, the controversy and scandals have only increased over the last six months. That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office.

And other members of the Trump transition are being directed to preserve records pertinent to the Russian Federation probe, including foreign travel and records related to former Trump campaign associates, specifically National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page, Former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, and his deputy, Rick Gates.

Mr Trump later hailed his own social media following, saying he can deliver his message directly to voters instead of going through the "fake news media".

Rosenstein handed the reigns of that investigation over to independent Special Counsel Robert Mueller about one week after Comey's dismissal.

Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.



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