Donald Trump appears to confirm he's under probe for firing James Comey, slams it as witch-hunt

Washington: US president Donald Trump on Friday appeared to confirm for the first time that he was being probed for firing FBI chief James Comey.

Trump described it as a "witch-hunt", as he asserted that there was no proof of his "collusion with the Russians" even after seven months of investigation. And in the process, he ended up contradicting his own statement that firing Comey was entirely his decision.

In an early oribg tweet on Friday, Trump said:

File image of Donald Trump. AP

File image of Donald Trump. AP

Trump's apparent confirmation that he is under probe for obstruction of justice by special counsel appointed to probe alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential polls came a day after a The Washington Post report pointed to such an investigation.

The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, "marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin," The Washington Post had reported.

Trump did not respond to shouted questions from the media as he was leaving the White House lawns to board Marine One for the Joint Andres Air Force Base for his day-long trip to Florida.

"Despite the phoney witch-hunt going on in America, the economy and jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!" said the US President in another tweet.

He also accused the mainstream American media for allegedly spreading wrong news. He tweeted:

In the past, he has frequently used the term 'Fake News Media' for outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN.

In his first tweet of the day on Friday, Trump said:

A day earlier, Trump had questioned why his general election rival Hillary Clinton was not being investigated.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and democrats dealings with Russia are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" Trump questioned.

"Crooked Hillary destroyed phones with a hammer, 'bleached' emails, and had (her) husband met with (the) attorney-general days before she was cleared — and they talk about obstruction?" he had said.

The Washington Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after Comey was fired as the FBI Director on 9 May.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top US federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russia probe.

Trump has said he is "100 percent" willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI special counsel Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating.

Updated Date: Jun 16, 2017 21:09 PM

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