On Twitter, Trump decries obstruction probe related to 'phony' Russian Federation story

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Mr Trump was not under investigation before Mr Comey's firing, but reportedly is now facing scrutiny for obstruction of justice over the circumstances surrounding the ex-FBI chief's sacking, according to United States media.

Trump had expressed the same outrage when Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed last month by the US Department of Justice to probe Russian meddling.

Comey last week told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he authorized the leak of the existence of the memorandum through a Columbia Journalism professor and that the reason for the leak was to highlight the need for the appointment of a special prosecutor.

About a week after Comey was sacked last month, however, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mueller as a special counsel at the Justice Department to oversee the federal investigation into Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election, according to CBS News.

Why is Mr Trump being investigated?

"They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice", the president tweeted.

Before Trump took to Twitter on Friday, Rosenstein on Thursday issued a perplexing statement of his own, denouncing news stories based on anonymous sources.

In a later tweet, the President once again called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt" and called the people leading it "very bad", apparently a reference to Mueller and others at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In his tweet today, Trump seemingly confirmed the report and reiterated his charge linking his presidential campaign with Russian Federation is nothing but a political witch-hunt.

As the Reuters' source explained, detectives will likely question Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein, and Trump to get to the bottom of the alleged obstruction of justice Comey referenced during his testimony.

He wrote: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Trump's tweets have recently looked an bad lot like what a reporter said were GOP talking points meant to combat the Post's report.

Rosenstein handed the reigns of that investigation over to independent Special Counsel Robert Mueller about one week after Comey's dismissal.

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to advise him and represent his legal interests.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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