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Trump Fighting Back Against Russia Investigation

| by Sarah Zimmerman
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Sources say that President Donald Trump will "fight" the investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with Russian intelligence.

Chaos unfurls in Washington as Trump continues to be at odds with his legal team, often tweeting out information about the probe that his lawyers have to dismiss or walk back.

On June 16, the president dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt," and appeared to admit that he was being investigated for firing former FBI Director James Comey by the very man who told him to fire Comey, according to The Washington Post.

Trump refers to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man leading the federal investigation. The Trump administration used a memo written by Rosenstein to justify Comey's firing, an act that Trump says is now under investigation. 

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"The president has not been and is not under investigation," said attorney Jay Sekulow on a number of morning talk shows. He states as evidence the fact that Trump has never been notified of an official investigation into him or the 2016 election and comments made my Comey himself in which he stated clearly that Trump was in no way under investigation. 

As the probe into Russia's possible involvement with the Trump campaign proceeds, CNN reports that the president is hurling insults at Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to look into the matter.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA," Trump tweeted on June 15.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has defended the president's vocal denouncement of the proceedings.

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"He, from every pronouncement we have seen, feels very strongly that he did nothing wrong, and he wants people to say that, because he feels very strongly about it," Rubio said.

But White House officials worry that Trump may fire Rosenstein and Mueller, a move that aides are actively against as it could be unconstitutional.

"It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller," said Richard Ben-Veniste, former Watergate prosecutor.

Law enforcement sources say that Mueller is gathering information and still deciding whether to launch a full-blown investigation looking into whether or not the president committed an obstruction of justice.

As the investigation moves forward, Trump will continue to speak out against what he believes to be a political conspiracy.

"This is a political fight and he's going to fight it," said a White House official.

Sources: The Washington Post, CNN / Photo credit: The White House/Flickr

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