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Trump publicly acknowledges Russia probe includes him

20 June 2017

Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, former FBI official Richard McFeely and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, met with Trump at the White House.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump acknowledged for the first time Friday that he is under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story". The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Mueller is investigating whether Trump tried to obstruct justice, citing unnamed "officials".

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

Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story". During his testimony before Congress on June 8, Comey stated that he thinks Trump sacked him in order to disrupt the FBI's investigation, according to Reuters. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".

Trump's tweet that he's being investigated "by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director" may refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking even more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one source.

The second, the source continued, is whether if any potential offences were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them.

The memo from the transition's general counsel directs all staffers and volunteers who worked on the Trump transition to "preserve any written well as any electronic information" related to Russia, Ukraine and any foreign travel by Trump transition members. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.

The US president has denied trying to influence the investigation, but has acknowledged in an interview that Russian Federation was on his mind when he dismissed Comey.