Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe, claiming 'witch hunt'


After repeatedly denying he is under investigation, US President Donald Trump has finally admitted that he is being probed by the special counsel who is looking into the Russian influence in the US elections.

The former USA attorney for Maryland is understood to have played a key role in President Donald Trump's dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, with the White House citing a memo in which Rosenstein raised concerns over Comey's performance.

Mr. Trump's morning tweets included what seemed like a jab at former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the new Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe, as he said the investigation was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!" The White House initially claimed that Rosenstein's memo contributed to Trump's decision to fire Comey.

A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under investigation, days after Pres. Trump tweeted about being the target of a "witch hunt".

The Washington Post story cited five officials who had been briefed on interview requests from special counsel Robert Mueller with three top intelligence officials to see if Trump had attempted to obstruct justice.

A person familiar with Mueller's inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday Mueller was looking into whether Trump or others attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo said in an email to BuzzFeed News. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told USA lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.

The Democratic senator added that Trump "would be wise to learn" that laws apply to everybody, even the President of the United States.

Rosenstein brought up the possibility of recusing himself during a meeting with the Justice Department's third-in-command - behind Sessions and Rosenstein - Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, ABC News reported.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation.

Trump said that "nobody has been able to show any proof yet".

As evidence, Sekulow said that Trump has not been notified of any investigation.

Now, Richard W. Painter, the former White House ethics lawyer tweeted Saturday saying: "Just appeared on FOX News".

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, kept up his criticism of the investigations in a series of tweets on Friday.

In another indication of the seriousness of the probe, Michael Cohen, a personal attorney to Trump, said he has retained attorney Stephen Ryan, a former assistant U.S. attorney, to represent him in the ongoing probes.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the USA election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year".