Donald Trump tweets surprising suggestion about firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 15:59
President Donald Trump seemed to confirm for the first time Friday that he's being investigated for possible obstruction of justice and appeared to blame the Justice Department's number two official for the probe.
The morning after the Post story went up, Trump released a statement via Twitter that referenced the existence of an obstruction investigation, but didn't provide any details.
The three officials the Post says Mueller is interviewing are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the recently retired deputy NSA director.
Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.
"President Trump is hurting his own case every time he goes on [Twitter]", said a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, on MSNBC.
Trump had expressed the same outrage when Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed last month by the US Department of Justice to probe Russian meddling.
The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
The comment follows reports by NBC News and others that former FBI Director Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign. Robert Mueller reports to Rosenstein, but is authorized to pursue the investigation independently.