About a week after Comey was sacked last month, however, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel at the Justice Department to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 us election, according to CBS News.
Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the President last month raising concerns over Mr Comey’s performance, but Mr Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Mr Comey.
As special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the election intensifies, key players in the Trump administration are taking action.
Comey has also said Trump asked him to drop an investigation into ties between Michael Flynn, who advised Trump during the campaign and briefly served as national security adviser after Trump’s inauguration, and Russian officials.
The probe is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Rosenstein.
But Mr Comey also testified that to his knowledge the president had not tried to stop the Russian Federation investigation.
Mr Comey, who was sacked on May 9, told a Senate panel last week he believed Mr Trump dismissed him to undermine the FBI’s Russian Federation probe. On Friday, the President tweeted he was under “investigation”, which he called a “witch hunt” in another tweet.
Comey, whom Trump fired in early May, said in Senate testimony earlier this month that the President spoke to him privately on February 14 and asked him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged ties to Russian Federation.
President Trump needs to get both his act and his story together.
The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. In a letter to Trump, Sessions called for a “fresh start” at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and recommended Comey’s removal.
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to advise him and represent his legal interests. “Nice”, Trump wrote in his first tweet.
The Washington Post this week reported, not only that the president is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, but also that the FBI inquiry is examining the business and financial dealings of the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Friday’s tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.
Comey testified under oath to the Senate intelligence committee earlier in June that Trump told him in a private conversation: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”.