Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

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     TESTIMONY James Comey gave evidence under oath in the Senate

GETTY TESTIMONY James Comey gave evidence under oath in the Senate

Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but he appeared to be questioning the integrity of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. Justice Department's No. 2 official.

United States President, Donald Trump, has acknowledged he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in previous year presidential election held in his country.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.

His aides scrambled in the wake of that tweet to make clear the President was simply saying he had read the reports that he was under investigation but had not been told it separately.

Mueller reports to Rosenstein on budget and staffing needs for his team.

The department would not comment on the record on whether Trump, who has repeatedly complained about leaks on the case, requested the statement.

Mueller is also looking at a second line of inquiry: whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, the source said.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".

Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe. Mueller has been choosing his own staff, tapping top legal minds from inside and outside the Justice Department.

If Rosenstein recuses himself from oversight of the special counsel investigation, that role would fall to the Justice Department's No. 3 official, newly confirmed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.

And other members of the Trump transition are being directed to preserve records pertinent to the Russian Federation probe, including foreign travel and records related to former Trump campaign associates, specifically National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Foreign Policy Adviser Carter Page, Former Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, and his deputy, Rick Gates.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation. The letter to campaign officials was signed by Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign's executive director, and sent in an envelope from the Jones Day law firm, which the campaign retained to field inquiries from investigators, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN.

Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.

A member of President Donald Trump's outside legal team says the president is not under investigation, contradicting a recent tweet from Trump.

Flynn, who was forced out in February, is a subject in investigations by intelligence committees in the House and Senate, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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