First Official Acknowledgment He Is Under Investigation
President Donald Trump has just officially admitted he is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice. In his latest of four Friday morning tweets, all angry and combative, the President says he is being investigated, and appears to target Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" Trump tweets. Echoing tweets from Thursday, he concludes by adding: "Witch Hunt."
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Huntâ€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
The New York Times notes "The tweet was the first explicit acknowledgment by the president that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel for the Russia inquiry, had begun examining whether Mr. Trump's firing of Mr. Comey last month was an attempt to obstruct the investigation."
Mr. Trump's apparent reference to Mr. Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, came just hours after an oddly worded statement from Mr. Rosenstein complaining about leaks in the case."
In the statement, Mr. Rosenstein wrote, without further explanation, that "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country â€” let alone the branch or agency of government â€” with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated."
Some responses via Twitter:
Good morning friends. The President of the United States has announced he is under investigation for obstruction of justice. THIS IS HISTORYâ€” Peter Daou (@peterdaou) June 16, 2017
Trump bragged on TV and to the Russians visiting the White House that it was his own idea to fire Comey. So who is he talking about? https://t.co/NqZLLCZnfnâ€” Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) June 16, 2017
What @realDonaldTrump meant was Happy Friday! I'm being investigated by the FBI. My VP hired a criminal defense lawyer. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!â€” Andrew Kurtser (@andrewkurtser) June 16, 2017
Here's a little game theory for you: there is no grand theory. The President is just doing whatever makes him feel good.â€” (((Harry Enten))) (@ForecasterEnten) June 16, 2017
Keep tweeting little buddy! Keep trashing your own Justice Department publicly. Go after the Special Counsel some more. PLEASE KEEP IT UP!ðŸ˜‚ https://t.co/ayyL9AvYlOâ€” (((âœ¨NicoleBonnetâœ¨))) (@NicoleBonnet1) June 16, 2017
When do GOP leaders speak out against a president questioning the integrity of Justice Dept. officials? https://t.co/Oge4fwwt0Bâ€” David Gregory (@davidgregory) June 16, 2017
This is great! The more he tweets, the less damage he makes through executive decisions & the more he damages himself & will exit earlier. https://t.co/zXL9BWUytCâ€” Anders Ã…slund (@anders_aslund) June 16, 2017
Do they have these for presidents? pic.twitter.com/CqI9pnidzHâ€” Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 16, 2017
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