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WASHINGTON — The Latest on the ongoing investigations into allegations of Russia interference in the 2016 election (all times local):

9:10 p.m.

President Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that he is under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia’s election meddling.

Trump lashed out on Twitter early Friday at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy.

The president’s associates, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the his views, say some of his ire is aimed at deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him.

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4:10 p.m.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is calling on Congress to “unite to stop” President Donald Trump if he tries to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in U.S. elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Trump confirmed in a tweet Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at Rosenstein, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”

California Rep. Adam Schiff says it’s clear that Trump “believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason.”

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2:20 p.m.

President Trump’s personal lawyer has retained a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer to represent him in the various government probes connected to Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

Attorney Steve Ryan says Friday that Michael Cohen plans on cooperating “in all governmental inquiries.”

A special counsel is probing the 2016 presidential election and whether there were any contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign.

Multiple committees in both houses of Congress are investigating the same thing.

Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign. He has already been subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee.

Ryan is a former general counsel for the Senate’s committee on governmental affairs. He heads the McDermott, Will and Emery firm’s government strategies practice.

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12:25 p.m.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says she is “increasingly concerned” that President Donald Trump will attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in U.S. elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign. Trump confirmed in a tweet Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at Rosenstein, calling the investigation a “witch hunt.”

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump’s tweets are sending a message “that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired.”

She said Trump has “embarked on an effort to undermine anyone with the ability to bring any misdeeds to light” and the Senate shouldn’t let that happen.

Feinstein also is a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, which is conducting its own Russia probe.

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11:15 a.m.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a public hearing next week to gather more information on Russia’s interference in last year’s elections.

Wednesday’s session will focus on Russia’s efforts to hack into state election systems, potential threats in upcoming election cycles, and whether states are well positioned to respond to those threats.

The panel is conducting both open hearings and closed sessions as it investigates Russian efforts to influence last year’s campaign. The intelligence committee is the lead congressional panel on the Russia hacking scandal, including highly publicized hearings with fired FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Next week’s witnesses include officials from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, election officials, and an expert on election security.

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