President Trump confirms he is under investigation

"Witch Hunt" Trump tweeted.

That would mean Rosenstein is a potential witness in the investigation he is overseeing, a point made by Politico in a May 31 article. Then, the following day, he virtually confirmed to of all people, the Russian diplomats, that he felt less pressure on him now that he got rid of Comey because of the Russian investigation.

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office", Feinstein said in a statement.

White House press aides referred questions to Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz of Manhattan.

Friday's tweet marked the first time Mr Trump has publicly acknowledged he is under investigation.

The business dealings of Jared Kushner have become a focus in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a Washington Post report Thursday night.

Hours later, a source close to Trump's outside legal team said Trump did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was reacting to a Washington Post story on Wednesday about the probe.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Friday. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether Gorkov suggested to Kushner that Russian banks could finance the business ventures of Trump's associates if U.S. sanctions were lifted or relaxed.

But a department official said no-one asked for the statement and Mr Rosenstein acted on his own.

After all, fired FBI Director James Comey pretty much telegraphed that during his congressional testimony last week. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the FBI's probe of Russian influence.

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

A Justice Department spokesman said: "If there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will".

The FBI and Congress are both looking at whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot.

Recent news reports have suggested Mr Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring Mr Comey to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

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

Trump, however, added that the man conducting the probe is the same individual who advised him to fire Comey.

  • Jon Douglas