But after Comey testified to Congress last week about what he said were Trump’s attempts to get Comey to publicly exonerate him, Kasowitz maintained that Trump “was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference”. “Witch Hunt”, tweeted the president as he both confirmed a blockbuster Washington Post story from Wednesday and contradicted himself yet again about his decision to fire James Comey in May.
Trump may have been referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a highly critical memo about Comey.
While Rosenstein has some supervisory responsibilities for the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether any Trump aides conspired with that campaign, the probe is being led by Mueller, the special counsel Rosenstein appointed in the wake of Comey’s firing.
The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians, ‘ nobody has been able to show any proof”, Trump also tweeted on Friday.
Mr Trump’s legal team responded angrily to the report that he is being personally investigated saying: “The FBI leak of information regarding the resident is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal”.
Mr Rosenstein played a part in the dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey who was sacked by Mr Trump in May.
US President Donald Trump has appeared to confirm he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming he is being investigated for firing FBI director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.
Mueller’s friendship with Comey and Mueller’s selection of several investigators who have made campaign donations to Democrats are among the issues Gingrich is raising as problematic. Comey deemed that would wrong and refused to do it. Trump then fired Comey.
Trump’s tweets have recently looked an terrible lot like what a reporter said were GOP talking points meant to combat the Post’s report. That is what the White House said and the Attorney General Jeff Sessions implied in testimony earlier this week. He declined to say whether he thought Trump sought to obstruct justice, saying that would be up to Mueller to sort out. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who said she’s anxious that the President will try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.