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Trump publicly acknowledges Russian Federation probe includes him

But it was released shortly after The Washington Post reported - citing unnamed U.S. officials familiar with the matter - that the business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Moscow also refuted the allegations of interfering in the 2016 presidential election and called them absurd.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who labeled it "very risky". The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller is investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he suggested Comey drop an FBI investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, as well as when he fired Comey.

But as the legal rope has tightened, Trump s allies have gone on the offensive, questioning the credibility of the special investigator Mueller, a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served under Republican president George W. Bush.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a late-evening statement on Thursday calling on skepticism in the face of anonymous sources making allegations.

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump s presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, referred questions about Trump's tweet to the President's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

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President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to USA officials briefed on the probe.

But at the White House today, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged to reporters that Mueller had been at the White House - just the day before he was appointed as Special Counsel.

"They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phoney story".

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

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