The reasons behind Trump's 'witch hunt' investigation tweets
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 9:11
The New York Times notes "The tweet was the first explicit acknowledgment by the president that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel for the Russian Federation inquiry, had begun examining whether Mr. Trump's firing of Mr. Comey last month was an attempt to obstruct the investigation".
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.
When Trump fired Comey, the White House initially tied the decision to a memo written by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussing what they described as "serious mistakes" he made in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and has told lawmakers he would only fire him with good cause.
Mueller's office has also asked the National Security Agency (NSA) for documents related to its interactions with the administration as part of the probe into Russian meddling and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials, The New York Times reported.
President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday for the first time that he's being investigated for his role in firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, calling the probe a "witch hunt".
President Donald Trump has taken on "obsessive behavior", constantly sending out defensive tweets, saving morning news programs to watch later and even blurting out during meetings that he's not under investigation, Politico reported Thursday.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.
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.
According to the Post's sources, Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation the next month.
The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle.