The probe Mueller “marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin”, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
The investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government has now turned to investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Mueller’s investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
Trump did not make it clear whom his tweet was referring to.
If Trump is confirming the existence of an investigation targeting him, it would represent an extraordinary development less than five months into his presidency. All week, some of Trump’s most ardent defenders, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and friend and occasional adviser Newt Gingrich have questioned the probe in similar ways.
Trump’s tweets have recently looked an bad lot like what a reporter said were GOP talking points meant to combat the Post’s report. “#MAGA“, Trump tweeted later on Thursday morning.
Notably, James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, publicly testified this month that Trump had told him to ease off on his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was under the FBI investigation for his Russian links.
The investigation appears to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment for the Guardian, and a spokesman for Trump’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment. This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle.