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Trump appears to become own 'leaker' with tweet about Russia probe

The president's anger appears to be directed at Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who wrote a letter recommending Comey's termination. Naturally, he condemns it as a "witch hunt". The directive was sent by attorney Kory Langhofer, who represented the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

A Department of Justice spokesperson declined to address what prompted the statement.

News of a possible Rosenstein recusal comes on the same day that President Trump issued a veiled slam against the deputy AG (while acknowledging that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice).

Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House initially cited Rosenstein's memo as justification for Comey's termination, though the memo did not explicitly call for Comey to be fired.

Mueller's investigation also includes the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Trump has said he is "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating. "Sad!" the president tweeted Friday.

In a series of tweets, Trump attacked the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russia as a "witch hunt" and wrote that "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.

Mr Page, Mr Stone, Mr Manafort, and Mr Flynn have all been asked to turn over records of their dealings with Russian Federation to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Mr Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia Attorney-General and United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr Mueller.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that the special investigation is now being led by another former FBI director.

Legal experts warned that Comey's testimony may provide enough evidence for an obstruction of justice case against Trump, which could be used as the basis for impeachment proceedings.

It was not clear what prompted the statement, although it came hours after The Washington Post reported that the business dealings of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being examined as part of Mueller's investigation. Trump on Friday said the person conducting that probe was the individual who had told him to dismiss James Comey, who had been at the head of the bureau from 2013 until he was sacked early last month.

Trump had expressed the same outrage when Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed last month by the US Department of Justice to probe Russian meddling. "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!" said the US President in another tweet.

Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze contributed to this article.



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