Special counsel Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances, Washington Post reports

He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon.

The morning missive appeared to refer to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

Mr. Trump did receive assurances that he wasn't personally under investigation, as fired FBI Director James Comey reiterated in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs an executive order at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 15, 2017.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", Gingrich wrote on Twitter, adding "very unsafe".

He has also attacked leakers seemingly whenever a negative story is published about him or his team, as most of the reports are based on information shared with journalists by officials who can not be publicly named.

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.

Less than an hour later, Trump sent out another tweet, this one aimed directly at Rosenstein.

President Donald Trump says it's "sad" that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless.

Earlier on Thursday, Mr 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".

'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. He ends the short statement by pointing out that the Department of Justice has a policy of neither confirming or denying "any such allegations".

Rosenstein's unusual statement, which he issued over the objections of some advisers, said in part: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'". The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

Wednesday's Washington Post article caused a firestorm in the White House on Thursday, particularly because President Trump had been trying so hard to prove that he was not a focus of the Russian Federation investigation.

Sessions was sworn in February 9 but did not actually step away from the investigation until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed Kislyak meetings. Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key people within the administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein and possibly Trump, the source said.

President Trump said in a TV interview that he had fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief because of the "Russia thing".

The Associated Press has requested the same records.

It comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence. Trump administration officials often say, typically while pointing to the performance of stock markets, businesses feel more confident under Trump.

Moscow has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in last year's US presidential election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

Based on accounts of people familiar with the investigation, the reports say Mueller plans to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

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