President Trump corroborated he is under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and also took a swipe at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a fiery Friday tweet that capped a string of morning messages.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt, ” Trump wrote.
A source confirmed to Fox News that Trump’s tweet was referring to Rosenstein.
Rosenstein’s May memo critical of ex-FBI Director James Comey’s performance was among the reasons cited by Trump and others in Comey’s firing. Soon after Comey’s ouster, Rosenstein — who had been Comey’s direct superior at the Justice Department — appointed Mueller, a former FBI director himself and a friend of Comey’s, to result a wide-ranging probe, ostensibly focused on Russian meddling in the U.S. general elections but also encompassing a host of allegations made against Trump and his associates.
As soon as Comey was fired, detractors accused Trump of obstruction of justice. Comey had been heading the Russia investigation for the FBI — but he testified that he told Trump on at the least three occasions that the president was not being investigated for any alleged collusion with Russia.
At the same time, Comey said he believed he was deposed because of the Russia probe. And it was recently reported that Mueller had begun looking into Trump for obstruction of justice — possibly stemming from Trump’s alleged make further efforts to sideline the probe of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and statements on the Comey firing quoting his discontent with the Russia probe( aside from the Rosenstein memoranda ).
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who worked on Trump’s presidential campaign, recused himself from the Russia investigation in early March, which is why Rosenstein was the official to appoint Mueller. Trump and Sessions were reported to have been at odds over Sessions’ recusal, and the relationship became so fraught that Sessions at one point allegedly offered his resignation — which Trump rejected.
A newer development is Trump’s apparent fury at Rosenstein — though it may partly explain an odd statement released by Rosenstein on Thursday night. In it, Rosenstein cautions against believing anonymously-sourced articles, perhaps hoping to blunt his boss’ growing annoyance with a continued drip of leaked tales alleging collusion between the Kremlin and Trump campaign.
Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any narratives attributed to anonymous officials, particularly when they do not identify the country let alone the branch or bureau of government with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated, ” Rosenstein wrote in the statement. “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.”
Trump’s frustration with months of inquiries into his campaigns alleged connection to Russian officials boiled over on Twitter again earlier Friday morning, with Trump writing that none of the myriad congressional, federal or special probes had shown any wrongdoing on his part.
After 7 months of investigations& committee hearings about my collusion with the Russians , nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad! Trump tweeted.
He afterwards took aim at one of his favorite targets, the media, and said despite the obstacles his agenda was moving forward.
“The Fake News Media detests when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media – over 100 million people! I can go around them, ” Trump wrote.
“Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic& tasks numbers are great. Regulations route down, employment creation and exuberance style up! “
Trump has grown increasingly infuriated by the slow drip of accusations most of which have emerged as anonymous leaks and without proof inspiring a Thursday mini-tweet storm to harangue those involved with the probe for the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history.
Trump’s apparent allegation-exhaustion also comes just two days after a gunman who was obsessed with posting anti-Trump rhetoric opened fire on GOP legislators at a baseball practice, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.
The tweet also comes the same week Mueller’s probe was reported to have expanded to Trump son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner, and Sessions had to refute accusations made against him to a congressional committee in a high-stakes televised hearing.
Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report .
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