Trump Confirms He’s Under Investigation Over Comey Firing

Donald Trump
MICHAEL REYNOLDS/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday for the first time that he’s being investigated for his role in firing FBI director James Comey, calling the probe a “witch hunt.”

“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

Although he didn’t mention anyone by name, Trump appeared to be pointing the finger of blame at Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who began overseeing the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice in relation to ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Post reported that Mueller and his team are interviewing senior intelligence officials, including Dan Coats, director of national intelligence; Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, who recently left his post as Rogers’ deputy.

Trump also denied again in the morning tweets any kind of collusion with the Russian government.

“After seven months of investigations and committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” Trump wrote.

Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said earlier this week that, “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal.”

Trump admitted in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt days after Comey’s May 9 ousting that the Russia investigation influenced his decision to terminate Comey. Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, later took over the investigation.

Comey, who testified before Congress last week, indicated that he told Trump on multiple occasions, upon the president’s insistence, that he was not under investigation during the Russia probe.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 13

Leave a Reply

13 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Noel O'Neill says:

    What goes around comes around. The only fake in fake news is Donald Trump.Were the American people drunk when they voted him in? Well sober up and get him out. There have been roaches in the white house before but never rats. Mueller is the rat catcher. Do it Mueller!!!!

  2. Smith Cassidy says:

    Trump, the president who shows absolutely no interest in the Russians messing with our elections. And somehow Republicans aren’t outraged by this behavior? Hypocrites.

    Lyin’ Donnie knows all about witch Hunt with 6 years of Birther nonsense under his belt.

    All of your foul behavior, words and actions are coming home to roost, Drumpf.

  3. Steve Barr says:

    He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.

  4. Guest says:

    Funny how when “7 months of investigations and committee hearings” turned up nothing against Trump, they are “Sad”. But when 2 years’ worth of investigations and committee hearings turned up nothing against Hillary, he’s leading “lock her up” chants at rallies and calling for a special prosecutor to go over the thousands of hours of work done before. I’ve never seen, heard, or met a bigger hypocrite than this guy. Embarrassing how many people bought into this yoyo’s shtick.

  5. J. Willis says:

    Mueller has to go. He’s obviously a two-faced political hack.

More Biz News from Variety

Loading