Trump confirms he’s under investigation, takes swipe at Rosenstein
President Trump confirmed 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 lead a wide-ranging probe, ostensibly focused on Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election 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 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 ousted 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 efforts to sideline the probe of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn and statements on the Comey firing citing his dissatisfaction with the Russia probe (aside from the Rosenstein memo).
A newer development is Trump’s apparent anger at Rosenstein — though it may partially 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 frustration with a continued drip of leaked stories alleging collusion between the Kremlin and Trump campaign.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency 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 campaign’s 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.
Trump has grown increasingly infuriated by the slow drip of allegations – most of which have emerged as anonymous leaks and without proof – prompting 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 allegations made against him to a congressional committee in a high-stakes televised hearing.