Trump says he is under investigation for firing James Comey
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 18:07
United States president Donald Trump has appeared to confirm he is under investigation for his dealings with Russian Federation and for firing former FBI directer James Comey. Trump confirmed in a tweet Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at Rosenstein, calling the investigation a "witch hunt". He subsequently appointed Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
Session himself has been under fire for his alleged secret communications with Russian officials as a surrogate for Trump during the 2016 USA presidential elections.
He did not mention any names but his message comes a day after he took to Twitter to slam a media report indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice related to the Russian Federation probe. The tweet seems to confirm that he is, in fact, being investigated, but CNN notes that it's unclear whether Trump's text is referring to reports that he's under investigation or whether the White House received official notice that he's being investigated.
In a second tweet, Trump touted his "powerful" presence on social media, despite widespread criticism that his recurring rants on Twitter and other online media have only compounded his legal and political problems.
Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe. Trump fired Comey on May 9. Naturally, he condemns it as a "witch hunt".
ABC said Mr Rosenstein told Associate Attorney-General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside. President Trump has vigorously objected to the propriety of such an investigation.
In his tweet, Trump says he was "told" to fire Comey, but the commander in chief normally doesn't take orders from members of his administration. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet on Friday. Comey was sacked by the president on May 9 while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.
Next week, we will talk about these legal terms: obstruction of justice, perjury, etc.so we can better understand and appreciate the case we all should be following as responsible citizens of America.
The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn". Pence has hired Richard Cullen, a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations, his office said on Thursday.
Trump's surrogates have launched a broad campaign to discredit Mueller, claiming conflicts of interest and that he has been bringing on prosecutors who have supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Baltimore Sun reporter John Fritze contributed to this article.