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Trump blasts 'witch hunt' on twitter

dpa logodpa 14/06/2017

Donald Trump has tweeted an angry response to reports he's under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

President Donald Trump is telling his Twitter followers that they are witnessing the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American history."

The president didn't clarify what exactly he was referring to in the early morning tweet, however he has frequently described reports about possible ties between members of his campaign and Russia as a "witch hunt."

Trump writes, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA" - the acronym referring to his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.

Earlier on Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story."

The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, carried the report on Wednesday.

Mueller is leading the Russian probe after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Last week, former FBI Director James Comey told Congress he believes he was fired by Trump to undermine the agency's Russia probe.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, on Wednesday denounced the report, saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal."

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday.

An obstruction of justice finding could form the basis for Trump's impeachment but such a step would face a steep hurdle because it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.

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