Trump reiterated his claim that he was a victim of the greatest witch hunt in American history, but again didn’t identify his precise foes – instead citing “some very bad and conflicted people”.
Second, it suggests that not only is the special counsel’s investigation reaching upward in the White House but that is also broadening out from simply an attempt to answer the question of the breadth of Russia’s hacking and whether it caught up any Trump officials in it. “Nice”, the president wrote on Twitter.
The president’s tweets followed a report in the Washington Post Wednesday that said the special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. election is now also looking at whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
The FBI probe, now in the hands of special counsel Robert Mueller, reportedly shifted its focus to allegations of obstruction in the days after Trump fired the agency’s then-director James Comey on May 9.
Mueller, himself a widely respected former head of the FBI, has now taken up the angle of possible efforts by Trump to obstruct justice in the investigation, the Post said.
The NSA said in a statement that the “NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel”.
“Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?” he asked at one point.
The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests.
“They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phoney story”.
Shortly thereafter, he followed that up with another tweet, in which he returned to one of his main themes regarding the ongoing probe: “You are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people”.
In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.
Mueller’s investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.
Trump did not directly address the allegations he obstructed justice – a potentially impeachable offense – neither did he deny he has entered the miniscule ranks of sitting presidents who have become the subject of a criminal investigation. According to the report, Mueller has requested interviews with several high-level intelligence officials, including NSA director Mike Rogers, National Intelligence director Dan Coats, and CIA director Mike Pompeo. He also called Comey a “nut job”.
Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau’s Russian Federation investigation, says he had previously assured Trump he was not personally under investigation.
Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing.
Trump’s Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.
Both men refused the president’s request, the Post said.