Trump tweet not meant to confirm he is under investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 14:43
President Donald Trump appeared to confirm on Friday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.
Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.
Trump's digital volley appeared to be trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended the firing last month of James Comey - an nearly unprecedented move that could yet imperil Trump's presidency.
His comments follow a report that former FBI Director Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. "Nice", he wrote. Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team. Joe Lieberman, former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, former FBI official Richard McFeely and acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, met with Trump at the White House.
In another tweet Friday morning, Trump said it's "sad" that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless.
Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.
And a third tweet contended that despite the "phony Witch Hunt" - Trump capitalized both words as if the phrase is a proper noun - the economy under his watch is booming.
Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
Trump named Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official who recently served as personal attorney to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, as Federal Bureau of Investigation director earlier this month.
The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.
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. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
"[Vice President] Mike Pence hired a lawyer, everybody else is hiring a lawyer". Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day.
"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story". "Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?", Trump tweeted just before 4 p.m. EDT. Although USA Today also noted that the tweet came shortly after a Washington Post report that Mueller's team is also investigating Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's business dealings.
Trump wrote, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"