Trump tweet not meant to confirm he is under investigation

Erika Turner
June 23, 2017

The Post, this week, reported that Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's United States presidential election and possible links with the Trump campaign, has expanded his inquiry to probe whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and has told lawmakers he would only fire him with good cause.

Trump's tweet Friday morning came after a series of angry tweets Wednesday in which he also complained about a "witch hunt" and criticized the investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia as "a phony collusion with the Russians story". In a sign of the investigation's new focus, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team is interviewing a number of intelligence officials who we know had conversations with Trump about the Russian Federation investigation.

President Trump's Friday morning tweet, on the heels of a cryptic statement from a senior official, has left many people puzzled. Trump appeared to take a subtle swing at Rosenstein during his tweets today, and new reports are saying that the Deputy Attorney General might recuse himself from the Russian Federation probes as well.

Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit — including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich — have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

In a later tweet, the president seemed to confirm he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice. After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so". "I can go around them", Trump said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said only he has the power to fire Mueller, and in his testimony this week he said he has no cause to fire him.

"And second, if the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he is in for a rude awakening". According to the Post, Mueller plans to interview both officials soon, and also plans to question Richard Ledgett, who until recently held the No. 2 job at the NSA.

It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation. 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. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

Friday's Trump tweet attacking Rosenstein, the Daily Beast said, potentially just adds fuel to the fire of an obstruction investigation.

Earlier this week, the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller appeared to move closer to Trump.

Trump terminated Comey on May 9.

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