In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his assertion that Mr Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign was a “witch hunt” based on the “phony” premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.
He has tweeted four times Friday morning, also lashing out at the news media and insisting that economy is doing well “despite the phony Witch Hunt” he spent some of Thursday decrying on Twitter as well.
Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in an investigation of alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation in the 2016 election.
After Mueller was appointed last month, Trump tweeted: “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history”.
In response to the statement, former US Attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired in March, tweeted early Friday morning that “Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director & defamation of a war hero special counsel“, references to criticisms Trump has levied against Mueller and James Comey. If Trump is confirming the existence of an investigation targeting him, it would represent an extraordinary development less than five months into his presidency. The Post has also reported that Mueller is investigating the business dealings of Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
A spokesperson for Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement saying: “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal“. In sworn testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, fired FBI Director James Comey laid out in stark detail the steps Trump allegedly took to get Comey to back off the Flynn inquiry.
The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9. Trump fired Comey in May. Trump has said he is “100 per cent” willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating.
Mr Trump’s legal team quickly denounced the report on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
“This is a political fight and he’s going to fight it”, a White House official said regarding president’s Friday’s tweets.
The latest outburst by Mr Trump followed news that vice president Mike Pence has hired a lawyer in connection with the FBI’s investigation.