WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Friday that he was under investigation for firing the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The probe seeks to determine whether the former FBI chief James Comey was fired to stop him from holding an inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director,” President Trump tweeted. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo the White House used to justify the firing of the ex-FBI chief.
On Thursday, Vice President Pence hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The vice president’s office said that Mr Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuire-Woods who previously served as a US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr Cullen will represent the vice president’s personal interests and will not be paid with taxpayer funds.