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Trump, via angry tweets, confirms he’s under investigation

June 16, 2017

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," the president wrote in his tweet.

In another tweet earlier Friday, Trump writes, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians,' nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!"

The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russia probe. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

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. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over FBI Director James Comey. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month.

The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russia probe. The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe. Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after Trump's inauguration. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

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

"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. Nice," Trump wrote in his first tweet. "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA."

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months ago

From the head "witch",,,,,,,,,, , most appropriate.

Bob Reinsch 6 months ago

How could we ever find a better role model for our children today?

Bob Summers 6 months ago

Trump doesn't drink. Doesn't smoke weed. Doesn't smoke cigarettes.

Obama drank/drinks booze like a fish. Smokes marijane like a Choom gang leader. Snorted coke like breathing air. If Obama had a third hand there would have been a cigarette in it.

So, you are correct. Trump is an excellent role model for children.

Good catch!

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months ago

Ah yes!......Bob.......yet another stupid and ridiculous falsehood to prove your phony posts. Do you communicate with the alt right and Koch brothers much??

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months ago

Stop the stupid lies about Trump. You are no better than your lord and master. He is a bully and troll.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Sorry, the stupid lies about Obama. We don't have to make up things about Trump. We have videos and tweets.

Steve Jacob 6 months ago

What's funny he still thinks this investigation is all about 'collusion with the Russians,' . I don't think he had anything to do with it. The obstruction of justice is his main problem.

Larry Sturm 6 months ago

Trump don't get it that the witch is him.

Harlan Hobbs 6 months ago

Typical media distortion. President Trump was simply referring to the many reports in the fake media that he is under investigation.

There is no crime. There is no obstruction of justice, and renowned legal analysts such as Jonathan Turley and the avowed ultra-liberal Alan Dershowitz have said so.

Once again, the liberals are going to end up with tons of egg on their face when this is finally over.

By the way, have you noticed how vulnerable Democrat Senators such as Claire McKaskill, Jon Tester, Sherrod Brown, Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heinkamp, and Bill Nelson are noticeably silent most of the time on these matters? They are from states that voted for President Trump, many by large margins, and they very likely will be voted out of office in the next election.

In fact, I will predict right now that the Republicans will increase their majorities in the House and Senate in next year's mid-term elections.

Finally, it was President Obama who said that the base of the Republican party were "bitter and angry people clinging to their religion and guns." Yet, it was a deranged liberal, whose mania was stoked by the Democrats in Congress and the "lame stream" media who didn't just cling to his guns, but who used his guns to attack Republicans in Alexandria, Virginia. Therefore, my question is, "To what do the angry and hateful liberals cling?" Apparently, it is their guns, but certainly not their religion, since most of them are probably atheists.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months ago

Oh Harlan, do I have to list all the right wing murders that have been done in the name of conservatives here? Really? Were the lives of the people killed at the Jewish Center in Overland Park less important than a GOP representative? How about the guys who had their throats cut defending a couple of Muslim teenage girls? How about the man from India who was killed in Olathe. Do you consider some lives more valuable than others? If you do, I pity you.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 months ago

Harlan......."fake media"........"lame stream media".......you are "out"!! Back to the dugout!!

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months ago

At least he used the word liberal, not libtard. We could give him a half point for that one.

Carol Bowen 6 months ago

The news media are being manipulated. Instead of reporting tweets, I'd like to read actual news. All this silly stuff distracts. Let the investigation run its course. Just give us the high points.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 6 months ago

But they said that his tweets were official presidential statements, and then they said they weren't. It really depends on which of his spokespeople you are talking to.

David Reynolds 6 months ago

The left is pretty darn funny.

After almost 2 years of investigation nothing found on Trump.

Now special council can't find anything.

I'll bet the special council is investigating President Trump's hair. 😂😂😂

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 5 months, 4 weeks ago

What a wimp Trump is. They investigated Ms. Clinton and Mr. Clinton for longer than that and found nothing. Oh wait, Mr. Clinton lied about getting a bj.

Michael Kort 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Look up 666 ( I didn't invent this address ) Fifth Avenue, NYC ( a Kushner Co property with some financial income & out flow troubles ) and ask yourself if Trumps son in law should be meeting with the KGB Russian Ambassador and KGB Major Russian Bankers who have been US Sanctioned ( it is illegal to do business with sanctioned them ) who have money to loan and reasons to compromise those associated with Trumps Administration and who would like the lifting of sanctions which Congress recently put beyond the Trumpsters reach ( to do ).......I wonder why they did that ?.........could be a Fake Reason ! ?

No one in Congress ever approved Jarred Kushner to negotiate anything with the Russians..........the unelected, unapproved by congress, in need of a big loan whatever version of an SOS ?

Fake media by the Fakester.......Trump himself....... the un-reality TV star .

Trump tweets like the school yard bully who blames the smaller person whom he beating up when he is caught .

His tweets also sounds like someone in power who would be very unhappy with anyone who truthfully answered investigators questions about himself........which stops just short of making overt threats to others who would cooperate with the investigation of himself .

It took time,.... into Nixons second term..... and the resignation of his VP Spiri T. Agnew on past bribery crimes that came back to bite him,.... before Nixon was investigated .

NUTS !

David Reynolds 5 months, 4 weeks ago

So whats the point of all this vitriol? This can't be just that Clinton lost the election.

I mean really, where is all this hate coming from & to what end?

On the national level it must be that President Trump has control of the establishment sand box, and the establishment doesn't like that one bit. Because he will upset the establishment's game & the establishment won't be able to play.

Thus the establishment doesn't like losing control, and they really don't like the citizens rising up against them. That's what President Trump represents. Thus he must be taken out of office.

I believe this plays out locally based on the comments in the articles & the blogs that follow.

My question is what happens if after all the investigations, all the name calling, terrorist attacks on our elected officials, calls for impeachment, no charges worthy if removal from office are brought, what then?

If the liberals hadn't over reached in the last 8 years & with such a poor candidate & campaign, maybe things would be different.

All the current name calling, cries for impeachment, investigation, etc. is continued over reach by the Liberals.

This is not helping your cause for the future.

In the meantime, it's humorous watching the frustration manifest itself in manic behavior.

Question: When are Liberals/Progressives ever happy?

Michael Kort 5 months, 4 weeks ago

No President is above the law and like Nixon and Bill Clinton ( before him ) Trump deserves investigation .

' Trump is Vitriol " and is woefully unprepared for the office.......but next week our fearless leader is going to put the Chinese back in their economic place and invade Mexico to make them pay for his wall ?

Bob Summers 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I mean really, where is all this hate coming from & to what end?

They are born Liberal. This is how they behave.

In fact, science shows, if Liberals stop shooting people, gun violence would drop by 90%.

The Man Who Shot Republicans A morning assault on GOP Members of Congress.

The Washington Post, which has adopted “Democracy Dies in Darkness” as its slogan, reports on the person who allegedly launched a violent daylight attack this morning on democratically-elected Members of Congress, their staffs and a security detail:

The man suspected of firing dozens of rounds into an Alexandria baseball field Wednesday morning has been identified by federal law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Ill. A Facebook page believed to be his features pictures of Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, and rhetoric against President Trump, including a recent post that reads: “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” Hodgkinson was among those taken to a hospital Wednesday, and President Trump announced that he had died from “his injuries.” The Facebook page believed to be Hodgkinson’s also featured a post critical of an energy pipeline and the following statement: “Democratic socialism explained in three words: We the People.” Recent attempts by this column to return to the page have resulted in a message from Facebook that the “content isn’t available right now.”

https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/ban-liberals-from-owning-guns.36951/

Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Bob,Do you understand that this website is based on the M 1911 45 ACP Pistol and it's owners and wants only one political party to be banned from owning guns? Please read this definition thoroughly as it describes what you believe should be the norm.https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fascism

David Reynolds 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I wonder what the left will do when the real crimes show up wi Lynch etal...like you say no one is above the law.

Richard Heckler 5 months, 4 weeks ago

no one knows for sure what investigators have on trump. surely we don't expect investigators to keep the public informed. Simply because Trump and others have yet to be charged does not indicate that anyone is out of the woods as yet. Let's wait for the indictments and allegations of perjury.

Mueller hired 13 more Lawyers to assist him which says to me a grand jury may be convened at some point in time.

Seems like more folks in the Trump admin are securing legal counsel. Could mean dirty laundry is scattered around.

David Reynolds 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Not necessarily Richard.

Put yourself in the administration's place. If someone is hired to find some dirt on you, & they have an army of attorneys, all of which contributed & supported your opponent, they are determined to find something. The question is, is it worthy. The blue dress of Clinton fame wasn't worthy.

Given that, if your smart, your going to lawyer up.

That doesn't mean guilt, it means common sense.

Now some will interpret the situation differently, & you are one of them.

Michael Kort 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Now,... one of Trumps "private lawyers" says on TV that he is not under investigation and that no one has notified them that Trump is under investigation .

Hummm?

Maybe Trump has been told by someone, one of his "not to memorable" tellers of truths who truthfully spin the facts ? that Trump "supposedly quotes" ? that he is under investigation when he is not under investigation ?

More faked out Trump news !

George Blake 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I voted for Trump. Not because I really wanted him, but because I could not in all good conscience vote for Hillary. I still believe that.

She would have led us down a different, dark path.

I fear president Trump is having some mental health issues. This is not a normal, sane person. Maybe his age, maybe he has developed Alzheimer's Syndrome. I don't know.

I can't believe that our Nation has come to this. If it has, time to exit. Our civilization has reached its 200 year peak.

You cannot still honestly defend this man? I cannot. He made SOME sense when he started. Clearly, he made a wrong turn somewhere.

I had a brief idea that all this was is a ruse. A way to exit the Presidency and leave VP Pence in charge. At least, one can hope. He makes a lot more sense than Trump does at this point.

David Reynolds 5 months, 3 weeks ago

George it sounds like you voted against vs "for" because you believed in Trump's agenda.

It also sounds like you listen/watch too much biased msm. The lefts whole purpose is to create an image of incompetence in peoples mind. For those weak in belief fall victim to the onslaught.

Ask yourself a question, how would you react to a swarm of bees constantly swarming in your face trying to harm you so you can't do your job. Tell me you would remain calm & you wouldn't run away to escspe the stinging.

To President Trump's credit he has stayed the course working on his agenda, yet swating back at the busy little bees (msm/left), & the little bees try to make him out to be anything but what in DC. he is. And the busy little bees don't like him standing up to them & exposing their destructive behavior & especially the little bees don't like Trump messing up their sandbox in DC.

The busy little bees are starting to realize their concocted investigation against President Trump has no substance. So they are starting to back away from their charges. They are starting to say "oops" as it looks like Loretta Lynch, Panetta & Holder are guilty of everything they are accusing Trump & that Obama is involved.

So George if you believed in Trump's agenda at all. Stay the course. He's not insane. He was smart enough to beat the Dems to gain the presidency, he's smart enough to beat these very egregious efforts by the Dems to destroy his Presidency.

Sit back and watch the Dems when the Dems are embarrassed and Trump wins. Tell me then who has lost their mind.

George Blake 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Again, as I see in the news, Trump has lied again. How do you judge a person? Honesty. he said he had tapes on Comey. Now, he does an about face. Do you honestly believe that is a "plan"? I don't.

All you are doing is trying to save face and not have to eat crow. If you honestly still believe in this guy, then I have some swamp land in Florida for sale.

The best thing that can happen right now is to have him resign and let Pence take over.

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