“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
Trump did not directly address the allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice – a potentially impeachable offense. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation. “I can go around them”, the tweet read.
It was not clear whether the President was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
Comey, whom Trump fired in early May, said in Senate testimony earlier this month that the President spoke to him privately on February 14 and asked him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged ties to Russian Federation.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that Jared Kushner’s business dealings were also being scrutinized by Mueller’s team.
The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence’s confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
The White House has used a memo written by Mr Rosenstein to justify Mr Trump’s decision to sack Mr Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe. “Nice”, Trump wrote in his first tweet.
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The second, the official continued, is into whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them.
But his tweets virtually ensure that the political focus swings back to the Russian Federation scandal.
“The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations”.
Comey prepared multiple contemporaneous memos documenting conversations with Trump that made him uneasy in the weeks before his May 9 firing.
Allies have even floated the idea that Mueller may be fired.
Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. Scarborough said to Mark Halperin, before giving his answer to the question: “If Bannon had the information, Bannon leaked that story”.
Trump also trained his fire on one-time rival Hillary Clinton.
“Why is that Hillary Clinton’s family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?” he asked.
Several top intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s team, according to reports in both The Washington Post and New York Times. Recent news reports have suggested Trump sought all three officials’ help in pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.