Trump tweet confirms he's being probed by prosecutor
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:24
When The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller was investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, a spokesman for the President's private attorney called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
For months President Donald Trump made it known that he's not personally under investigation as part of the probe into possible campaign ties to Russian Federation, but now it appears that could be changing.
The complaints Trump aired Thursday afternoon followed a pair of morning tweets.
In another sign the investigation is expanding, lawyers for the Trump transition team issued a memo Thursday instructing those who worked for the transition to preserve documents in anticipation that investigators will request those materials for the probe into Russian interference into last year's presidential election.
The White House has said the subsequent meeting with the banker was a pre-inauguration diplomatic encounter, unrelated to business matters. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami.
Rosenstein has said that he will allow Mueller to conduct an independent investigation free of political influence. "Witch Hunt", he tweeted.
Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Mr Comey's performance, but Mr Trump later said he had already made the decision to fire Mr Comey.
Trump criticized media reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating him for obstruction of justice as a part of a wider probe into alleged meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign, saying Americans are watching "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".
"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said. A day later, Mr. Rosenstein appointed Mr. Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel.
Trump also trained his fire on his onetime rival Hillary Clinton. 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.
With Thursday's reporting, the investigation into Kushner - Trump's son-in-law and most trusted advisor - appears to have escalated yet again, and it's destroying the myth perpetuated by Trump and his allies that there is nothing to see here.
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.