Earlier this week, it was revealed that Mueller is also investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "Witch Hunt" he tweeted from the White House shortly before leaving for Miami. The tweet came the morning after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released a statement warning Americans to "exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'".
Citing a memo from the general counsel's office of Trump's transition team, the Times said former members were given the order on Thursday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigations' expanding reach. First, it is the president himself acknowledging that he is, in fact, under investigation for possible obstruction of justice-something even on Thursday the White House would not acknowledge. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
Special counsel Mueller - a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - was also bringing in legal firepower to investigate whether there was collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation to fix the 2016 election or an attempted cover-up. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation. He's increasingly focused his anger at both Rosenstein and Mueller, according to advisers and confidants, viewing the two as part of a biased effort to undermine his presidency. In his Senate testimony this week, Rosenstein said he hadn't seen any cause to fire Mueller so far.
The official said the President does believe he's under investigation for obstruction as he indicated himself on Twitter. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". 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. The questions included whether he had confidence in Rosenstein, whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and how he knows he's under investigation by the FBI.More news: Man Who Shot Congressman Was Living in Van, Called a Loner
Yesterday, news broke that Mike Pence hired outside counsel to represent him on related inquiries as well. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that special counsel Robert Mueller III had expanded the scope of his investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 election to include whether the president attempted to obstruct the Russia probe, but that story was sourced to unnamed officials.
The memo ordered transition team members "to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations".
In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th. "President Trump said prior that once he gets in he's going to kick the S-H-I-T out of the enemy".
Amid jokes that his aides and his legal team are trying to take away his phone so he does not tweet because he implicates himself often, the Chicago Tribune ran an oped under the headline "Donald Trump's tweets are accelerating his own political death spiral".
On Thursday Trump derided a "witch hunt" against him, led by some "very bad" people.