Witch Hunt! : Trump tweets he is under FBI investigation

Witch Hunt! : Trump tweets he is under FBI investigation

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

Ryan is a former general counsel for the Senate's committee on governmental affairs.

News of Rosenstein's reaction comes amid mounting worries on Capitol Hill that Trump will binge "Apprentice" episodes to fire himself up for a new round of terminations targeting top Justice Department officials.

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 said in a tweet.

He had written a memorandum to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, criticising Mr Comey about the way in which he handled the Russian Federation investigation.

Some commentators, however, said Trump could be referring to special counsel Robert Mueller. The order by the general counsel for his 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.

He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

Trump did not identify "the man" but appeared to be questioning the integrity of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department's No. 2 official who appointed Mueller on May 17, supervises the probe and wrote a memo to Trump critical of Comey that preceded Comey's firing.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post, NBC News and others that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. It wasn't clear whether he was basing his tweet on direct knowledge or on media reports.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing the Russian Federation probe - and Special Counsel Robert Mueller reports to him. He testified that he leaked information about the notes through a friend to the Times to increase pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor after he concluded Mr. Trump's administration "defamed" him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his May 9 firing.

US President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in Alexandria, Virginia, from the White House in Washington, US, June 14, 2017.

On Thursday Trump derided a "witch hunt" against him, led by some "very bad" people.

USA employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low. "I can go around them".

While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment.

Ditching derogatory rhetoric about the Washington "swamp", Trump rallied in support of his fellow politicians and called on the country to pull together. And Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized his use of Twitter, particularly amid the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phoney" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

The White House confirmed Mr Mueller was among the candidates the president interviewed to replace Mr Comey.

Mr Comey testified it would be up to Mr Mueller to decide whether Mr Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

The Post's information on Coats is based on anonymous sources who claimed Trump asked Coats whether he could ask Comey to back off the FBI's focus on Flynn.

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