Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump Confirms Being Investigated for Firing Ex-FBI Director Comey

Trump Confirms Being Investigated for Firing Ex-FBI Director Comey

Mr Comey, who was sacked on May 9, told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week he believed President Trump dismissed him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe. News has reported that federal investigators are examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

Mr Comey said he was "sure" Mr Mueller was looking at whether Mr Trump had obstructed justice, but added that to his knowledge, the president had not tried to impede the Russian Federation inquiry. Each time Comey says he told the president "no".

A source familiar with the Mueller investigation, who confirmed the Washington Post report, told Reuters an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given testimony by former FBI director James Comey.

Why is Mr Trump being investigated? President seems to have acknowledged this as fact today in a tweet.

As for the "witch hunt" claims, Friday wasn't the first time Trump used that term to referr to news reports surrounding the investigations.

After meeting with Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions ahead of Comey's outster, Rosenstein wrote a letter dinging Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what recommendation he received from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump appeared to be responding to reports this week that the FBI is investigating Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and his apparent attempts to quash the bureau's investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

The interest in Kushner's activities by the special counsel's office is no more extensive than the FBI's interest in his multiple roles on both the Trump campaign and transition team, which CNN reported last month.

Trump denied Comey's allegations and said he would be willing to go under oath to give his version of their interactions.

Notably, James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, publicly testified this month that Trump had told him to ease off on his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was under the FBI investigation for his Russian links.

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