Still no proof of collusion with Russians, says Donald Trump


Just this morning, in a puzzlingly phrased missive, Trump bemoaned reports that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice after abruptly firing FBI Director James Comey last month.

As special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the election intensifies, key players in the Trump administration are taking action.

Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he is being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, describing the probe as a "witch hunt".

Last month, Rosenstein wrote a memo to the president raising concerns over Comey's performance.

Rosenstein did not mention any specific report, but his comments came after The Washington Post reported President Donald Trump is the subject of an obstruction of justice probe, Politico noted.

Earlier this week, the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller appeared to move closer to Trump.

Since then, Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, took over the investigation.

President Donald Trump has taken on "obsessive behavior", constantly sending out defensive tweets, saving morning news programs to watch later and even blurting out during meetings that he's not under investigation, Politico reported Thursday. "Sad!" the president tweeted.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe.

Hans Nichols of MSNBC, reporting from the White House, said the tweet is remarkable for two reasons. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction.

Friday's tweet marked the first time Mr Trump has publicly acknowledged he is under investigation. Trump has also told friends and others that a "witch hunt" is being conducted against him.

The memo to former transition team members yesterday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported, They include Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Roger J. Stone Jr, an informal adviser to Mr Trump.

The order by the general counsel for the 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.

"Today the President of the United States confirmed he's under criminal investigation".