President Trump confirms he's under investigation in angry tweetstorm

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President Donald Trump's transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, the New York Times reported on Friday, as Trump again assailed the probes.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members.

Officials who worked for President Donald Trump's transition team have been directed to preserve all records that might be relevant to the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, according to a copy of the memo obtained by CNN.

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

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he wrote on Twitter. That, not a political witch hunt, is what the nation needs.

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Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. It was not known whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of the information. Kushner's family real estate firm owes a $1.2bn debt on a tower at 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City and is looking for investors.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

The DOJ statement by Rosenstein raised some eyebrows on social media Thursday evening. A former prosecutor, Dowd may be best known to the public for leading investigations on behalf of Major League Baseball, including a probe of allegations of improper gambling by baseball player Pete Rose that preceded Rose's lifetime ban. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. Trump had previously boasted that he was not personally under investigation, and Comey said the president had repeatedly pressured him to publicly clear him. Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May to lead the probe.

Mueller was immediately confronted with the reality of Trump's Lester Holt interview, his discussion with Russian officials in the White House regarding his relief that the firing of his "crazy" FBI Director Comey would take the pressure off the Russian probe, Comey's testimony about Trump asking for his "loyalty" pledge, and what Comey perceived as the President's directive (the President used the word "hope") to terminate the Michael Flynn investigation. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in a Friday tweet.

"These false attacks, the innuendo, and the leaks, you can be sure, will not intimidate me", he said. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", according to the letter.

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