President Donald Trump appeared to confirm Friday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.
U.S. President Donald Trump says that an investigation touching on whether he tried to obstruct justice stems from what he asserts is a “phony story” about possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
If Mueller is investigating Trump’s firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice, he might want to learn about Trump’s interactions with Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who wrote the memo criticizing Comey’s performance before his firing.
After the firestorm caused by Comey’s firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, Comey’s predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation. The intelligence committee is the lead congressional panel on the Russian Federation hacking scandal, including highly publicized hearings with fired FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Cullen, who supported Trump’s rival Jeb Bush during the race for the Republican presidential nomination, also represented Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, during the investigation into corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The investigation, the president added is being led by “very bad and conflicted people”.
“Current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there’s been no effort to impede the investigation in any way”, Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials, ‘ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated”, Rosenstein said.
Hans Nichols of MSNBC, reporting from the White House, said the tweet is remarkable for two reasons.
Investigators in Mueller’s office are set to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN.
Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the Post story and called the leak “outrageous, inexcusable and illegal”.
Trump’s tweet deepens the potential conflict by asserting that Comey’s firing was Rosenstein’s idea, Feldman says.
“After 7 months of investigations and committee hearings about my “collusion with the Russians”, nobody has been able to show any proof”.
Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel last month to lead the inquiry into Russia’s meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded in that effort. The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation.
In a survey of registered voters, 45 percent said they trust Comey to tell the truth, while 32 percent said they trust Trump.
Trump did not respond to shouted questions from the media as he was leaving the White House lawns to board Marine One for the Joint Andres Air Force Base for his day-long trip to Florida.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was “increasingly concerned” that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.