Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

'Trump under probe for obstructing justice'

'Trump under probe for obstructing justice'

CNN is suing the Justice Department for copies of fired FBI Director James Comey's personal memos on his interactions with President Donald Trump. In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.

Donald Trump derided claims of collusion between Moscow and his associates as "phony" Thursday after reports the head of a probe into Russia's alleged election meddling is investigating him for obstructing justice. So this particular tweet coming from Trump on Friday morning went off like a siren.

In another tweet this week, Mr. Trump had said: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

It was not known whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of the information in the Post's report.

Last month, President Trump hired his own lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to handle Russia-related investigations by the FBI and USA congressional committees.

In his letter to Comey announcing his firing on May 9, Trump thanked the ousted FBI Director for "informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation". "Nice", Mr Trump wrote in his first tweet.

In an attempt to sound upbeat and to downplay the new developments in a controversy that has now reached the Oval Office, Trump also said that "despite the phony witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

They say senior intelligence officials will be interviewed about whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made fun of US President Donald Trump and alluded to his ties with Russian Federation, according to a leaked tape of an off-the-record media event. Earlier this week the Washington Post released a story reporting Mueller is investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice. Comey was sacked by the president on May 9 while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.

"Why is that Hillary Clinton's family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked.

Though it wasn't Comey's testimony alone that prompted investigators to take on this case.

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