U.S. President Donald Trump attacked what he called a "phoney story" on Thursday after a report that he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice by the special counsel probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.
His morning missive apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated.
The case for obstruction of justice isn't Comey versus Trump. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
President Donald Trump says he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.
Evidence that shows any wrongdoing by Trump "remains highly dubious", she wrote, adding, "There is no reason to believe that Russian Federation backed Trump - or even believed he could win. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".
The Republican president has repeatedly complained about the probe, calling it a witch hunt and saying Democrats can not accept his election victory.
Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe.
In another tweet earlier Friday, Trump writes, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".
Citing unnamed sources, ABC reported Rosenstein told Associate Attorney-General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside.
Rosenstein Says He Wouldn't Fire Special Counsel Without Good Cause
Should Rosenstein refuse, Trump could ask him to resign or fire him and direct his successor to fire Mueller. But I'm noticing a trend here: If something is bad for Republicans , Newt thinks it should be abolished.
A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.
Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".
In his latest tweet, the president seemed to confirm he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.
Moscow has denied any interference. The White House has denied any collusion.
The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.
The memo to former transition team members yesterday also seeks specific information on five people, the NYT reported. Those associates include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.