Mr Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
It’s a shift in the FBI investigation, which previously focused on Russian hacking during the election, possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and possible financial crimes by Trump associates. “Witch Hunt“, the president wrote in his tweet on Friday.
The White House has said the president “has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn”. He declined to say whether he thought Trump sought to obstruct justice, saying that would be up to Mueller to sort out.
Friday’s tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. The newspaper noted that in a new phase of the investigation, Mueller plans on interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump’s conduct.
The President complained the probe was unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent was not getting the same scrutiny.
“This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” the USA president tweeted.
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to advise him and represent his legal interests.
Comey was sacked on 9 May, and initially the White House cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server as the reason for his termination, releasing a memo authored by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein as a basis for this action.
In an August 21, 2013 file photo, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington DC.
“There’s still no evidence of obstruction, and current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there’s been no effort to impede the investigation in any way”, she said in a statement.
After meeting with Mueller in a classified session, the leaders of the Senate panel indicated that their inquiry would steer clear of obstruction of justice to focus instead on Russian Federation meddling in the elections – and whether there was any Trump campaign collusion with officials tied to the Kremlin.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 he believed Trump had directed him in February to drop an FBI probe into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, that was part of the broader Russian Federation investigation. For two days after Trump fired Comey, in a televised interview Trump said he was thinking of the Russian probe when he fired Comey, which seems to mean he fired Comey because Comey would not end the Russian probe.