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President Donald Trump has appeared to acknowledge he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the President will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller", Sen.

And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior.

Mueller took over the DOJ Russia probe after a chain of events set in motion by Trump, Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Former independent counsel Ken Starr called the prospect of firing Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller an "insult to the Founding Fathers" in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday night.

It wasn't clear whether the President was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey in May 2017 amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

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President Donald Trump made a surprising comment about the possible investigation into obstruction of justice for firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump was strongly critical of some of Comey's testimony but said Comey had vindicated him by saying while he was at the agency, Trump was not the subject of the FBI's Russian Federation probe. "And it's appropriate to do oversight and investigations to learn how we can improve the law and policy, but in terms of whether any offense occurred, that's within Director Mueller's purview", Cornyn said.

While it's probably inaccurate to say that Rosenstein told him to fire Comey-Rosenstein testified under oath that he didn't mean for his memo "to justify a for-cause termination"-this seems to be a basic acknowledgment by the president that he is under investigation".

In a second tweet, Trump said, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

White House officials, including Pence, initially gave differing reasons for Comey's dismissal, including that he had lost the confidence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.

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The order by the general counsel for the 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.

The Washington Post is reporting that officials say Mueller also is investigating the finances and business deals of Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner.

Only a few days ago, Paul Ryan, the Republican leader in Congress, tried to belittle Trump's incessant attempts to block the Russian Federation investigation by claiming the president was "new" to Washington politics. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet. Recent news reports have suggested Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Trump, however, referred to the Post's reporting as a "phony" story in a tweet Thursday.

Rosenstein told a closed session of Congress last month that he learned Comey would be dismissed one day before penning his memo.

Mueller's friendship with Comey and Mueller's selection of several investigators who have made campaign donations to Democrats are among the issues Gingrich is raising as problematic.

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