Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Trump tweets again, in defense of his tweeting


But it was released shortly after The Washington Post reported - citing unnamed United States officials familiar with the matter - that the business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia.

Comey told Congress last week that before being sacked, Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn, who was forced to quit for lying about his links to Moscow. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.

The latest White House crisis struck on the evening of Trump's 71st birthday, after a day in which he had won plaudits for his handling of the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise. He has already been subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee.

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. That committee is also reviewing Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign. "Sad!" the U.S. president tweeted.

Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, says he had previously assured Trump he was not personally under investigation. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller's team who spoke on condition of anonymity. 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.

Vice-President Mike Pence's office said on yesterday he had hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with the Russian Federation probes.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

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California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets are sending a message "that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired".

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 today.

On Wednesday, Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz suggested - without providing evidence - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had leaked details of the criminal probe.

Gingrich, the former House speaker whose wife is seeking Senate approval to become the USA ambassador to the Vatican, continued to defend Trump Thursday morning.

"The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!"

If proven to be true this would implicate Trump in an obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offence.

Mueller was originally appointed special council to determine the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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