In a Friday morning tweet, President Donald Trump confirmed a recent Washington Post report that he is now under investigation, misdescribed what that investigation is about, blasted the investigation as a “witch hunt”, and appeared to attack his own deputy attorney general.
“I’m growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller“, the Democratic senator, who is also a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, said in a statement.
Robert Mueller, the man chosen to take over the inquest as special investigator, had started investigating into president Trump’s behaviour.
A person familiar with Trump’s tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he’s been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe.
In another tweet posted about two hours earlier on Friday morning, Trump, for the second consecutive day, went directly after DOJ’s Russian Federation probe, which now includes an examination of whether the president obstructed justice when asking Comey to drop a probe of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, or by firing Comey.
The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after Trump’s inauguration.
During congressional testimony last week, Comey stated under oath the President was not under investigation by the FBI prior to or after his firing.
And a third tweet contended that despite the “phony Witch Hunt” – Trump capitalized both words as if the phrase is a proper noun – the economy under his watch is booming. And Rosenstein did indeed write a letter to the president harshly criticizing Comey’s conduct and recommending new leadership for the Federal Bureau of Investigation back in May.
There has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey.
Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe. 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.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, referred questions about Trump’s tweet to the President’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz.
The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests.
That appeared to be the first public confirmation that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice – and a digital salvo trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticizing Comey.
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians, ‘ nobody has been able to show any proof”.
On Thursday Trump derided a “witch hunt” against him, led by some “very bad” people.