President Donald Trump complained on social media about the wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the US election as Robert Mueller appeared to widen his probe to include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.
He wrote in multiple social media posts that he views Mueller - a long-serving former Federal Bureau of Investigation director respected by both parties - as leading a biased probe with the singular aim of dislodging Trump.
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.
On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement, "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".
President Donald Trump says he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".
The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.
Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.
Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
Trump was forced to fire Flynn in February after he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian officials previous year as a member of Trump's transition team.
"We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Mr Kushner, told The Washington Post, where the report first appeared, citing unnamed sources.
"One of the things that President Trump is going to run into here as he tries to change the subject is the fact that Bob Mueller commands very wide bipartisan support here in the senate and in Washington generally", Coons said. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told USA lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.
"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said.
Moscow has denied any interference. They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.
Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.
The president tweeted Friday, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".
Vice-President Mike Pence's office said on yesterday he had hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with the Russian Federation probes. The New York Times also reported the story. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.