In a later tweet, the President once again called the Russian Federation investigation a “witch hunt” and called the people leading it “very bad”, apparently a reference to Mueller and others at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Rosenstein is the Justice Department official who was put in charge of any matters relating to Russian collusion or interference with the 2016 USA presidential elections, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March.
Trump hammered off a second tweet Thursday, again calling the investigation a “WITCH HUNT”.
The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after he fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.
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.
It is unclear to whom Trump is referring: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote memos supportive of ousted FBI Director James Comey’s firing.
Mr Trump was not under investigation before Mr Comey’s firing, but reportedly is now facing scrutiny for obstruction of justice over the circumstances surrounding the ex-FBI chief’s sacking, according to USA media.
Days after that happened, Trump told NBC News’ Lester Holt that the Russian Federation investigation played a role in his decision to terminate him, and he has dismissed the probe as “fake news”.
Recent news reports have suggested Mr Trump sought all three officials’ help in pressuring Mr Comey to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn. “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed”, Trump had tweeted.
Although he didn’t name anyone, Trump appeared to be pointing the finger at Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who began overseeing the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it.
It was confirmed by the White House that Mueller was among the candidates who Trump interviewed to replace Comey. Dick Durbin said Friday that President Donald Trump will put the country at the “brink of a constitutional crisis” if he fires special counsel Robert Mueller.