Trump Administration Rips Leaks Surrounding Mueller Probe

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2017

On Twitter Friday, the president appeared to confirm he is under investigation for his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended Comey's dismissal, is overseeing the broader investigation, which is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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. The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

Administration officials and the president's advisers are anxious Trump's tweets and public statements about the Russian Federation probe will trigger additional damaging leaks, but they said he can not stop talking about the investigation, reported Politico.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. Nice", Trump tweeted at 3:55 a.m.


Now, Mr Trump has suggested that he is indeed being investigated.

A spokesperson for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Rosenstein wrote a memo in May to Trump strongly criticizing FBI Director James Comey's performance.

The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, had reported some hours earlier that Mueller, who is probing Russia's election interference and the possible links between Moscow and Trump's campaign, had added a key element to that probe, namely that the President would now be under investigation for obstruction of justice.

The president's tweets came two years to the day after Trump first launched his improbable presidential bid by famously descending an escalator in Trump Tower in NY, and while his presidency is embroiled in crisis over the federal investigation led by Mueller into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.


The interviews with the national security officials are a sign that Mueller is prioritizing the question of obstruction, says Washington Post reporter Adam Entous, and turning the focus on the president himself, not just his administration.

Trump also took aim at his favorite foil - the media. Rosenstein also said that he saw no reason to relieve Mueller from his special counsel duties.

"After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, '" Trump tweeted.

The White House confirmed that Mr. Mueller was among the candidates Mr. Trump interviewed to replace Mr. Comey.


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