“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.