Trump lashes out at 'bad' Russia investigators

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In response to the statement, former US Attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired in March, tweeted early Friday morning that "Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director & defamation of a war hero special counsel", references to criticisms Trump has levied against Mueller and James Comey.

Rosenstein is the Justice Department official who was put in charge of any matters relating to Russian collusion or interference with the 2016 USA presidential elections, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March.

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.

He has questioned why investigators do not dig into links between the Democrats and the Russian government, including his election opponent Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported Mueller is investigating Trump directly, over alleged obstruction of justice. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over Comey, and later appointed Mueller as special counsel.

"What I did is I was going to fire Comey".

Trump's tweet on Friday follows hours after Rosenstein issued a press release warning Americans to not trust news reports based on anonymous sources.

Mr Trump reportedly told Russian officials at an Oval Office meeting a day after sacking Mr Comey that his position had now eased. "Nice", the president wrote on Twitter. He continued to rail against "the phony Witch Hunt" on Friday morning.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction. "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!" said the US President in another tweet. "I hope you can let this go".

It's also worth acknowledging this news comes less than six months into Trump's presidency, and judging by the way the investigation has enlarged so far, it's not about to blow over any time soon. Since then, Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, took over the investigation. When Comey testified last week, he also gave the committee and Mueller a document that involved Comey taking notes of his communications with President Trump.



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