Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russian Federation probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Washington. Sessions whose contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign has sparked

President Donald Trump continued to fume this week over the continued attention paid to the Russian Federation probes, especially following a report that he's now under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.

Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he is being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, describing the probe as a "witch hunt".

The debate was then on as to whether or not Trump should be charged with obstruction of justice.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation.

Trump's legal team and surrogates are "building a case for firing Mueller", wrote Richard Painter in a tweet after he appeared on Fox News Saturday. Sekulow added that Trump is "very effective" with his use of social media.

Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in USA elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign. More damning, the top ethics lawyer to former President George W. Bush took to Twitter to predict if Trump actually fired Mueller, Americans would "soon" be calling Mike Pence president.

The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9.

Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Moscow's involvement in the presidential election a year ago and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mr Mueller told the president to fire Mr Comey. Comey later revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of details about conversations with Trump to prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

If Rosenstein were out of the picture, responsibility for overseeing Mueller's investigation - and deciding his fate - would fall to Rachel Brand, the department's associate attorney general.

The Russia issue has cast a shadow over Trump's five months in office. Why would the president object to a thorough investigation - unless he had something to hide? It has been cited that Mueller may have conflicts of interest in his friendship with Comey and his decision to hire prosecutors who have donated to Democratic candidates. This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. "I can go around them", the tweet read.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

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