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US President Donald Trump says he's being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director

23 June 2017

In his testimony on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed Trump had fired him over his role as lead of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and Trump campaign associates' possible ties to Russia.

Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey. Trump exclaimed on Twitter, referring to the investigation as a "Witch Hunt".

He appeared to be referring to Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general who is now leading the probe. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. While the Trump administration initially said that letter was the reason the president fired Comey on May 9, Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing".

Sessions explained to the Senate Intelligence Committee that Comey's concern pertained to the protocol though which the Department of Justice communicated with the White House.

According to Comey, Trump was referring to the FBI's investigation into Mike Flynn, who was sacked himself as national security adviser months earlier for allegedly lying to White House officials about his post-election contacts with Russian operatives.

A recent Washington Post report said Trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The president made a tweet about his defeated Democratic opponent complaining that the probe is unfair. Trump said last week he felt vindicated by Comey's June 8 testimony that he was not the subject of investigation while Comey headed the agency.

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters". The revelation led many to believe Trump was planning on firing Rosenstein from the justice department, or that the deputy Attorney General had possibly refused to fire Mueller on Trump's behalf.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

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

Amid jokes that his aides and his legal team are trying to take away his phone so he does not tweet because he implicates himself often, the Chicago Tribune ran an oped under the headline "Donald Trump's tweets are accelerating his own political death spiral". "Sad!" he wrote in one post. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. At the end of May, the chief of the Justice Department's Fraud Section, Andrew Weissman, also joined the team, NPR's Carrie Johnson reported at the time. Reports have alleged that Trump asked both men to publicly quash the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation.