In what seems to be an acknowledgment that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, President Trump tweeted Friday “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt ”. In just one tweet, Trump revealed a whole lot of information.
The tweet also seemed to refer to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. Also important is the fact that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing the probe by the special counsel, which has reportedly expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey and asking him to stop the investigation into Michael Flynn.
On the flip side, it’s also a reference to a memo Rosenstein issued, offering a rather negative assessment of Comey’s performance as FBI director, though it did not recommend Comey’s firing outrightly. Rosenstein’s memo read:
“Although the President has the power to remove an FBI director, the decision should not be taken lightly. I agree with the nearly unanimous opinions of former Department officials, the way the Director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong. As a result, the FBI is unlikely to regain public and congressional trust until it has a Director who understands the gravity of the mistakes and pledges never to repeat them. Having refused to admit his errors, the Director cannot be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions”.
Rosenstein testified last week that the special counsel has complete independence to conduct the investigation as he deemed fit. Amid rumors that President Trump was going to terminate Mueller’s appointment, Rosenstein insisted he is the only one with authority to fire Mueller and that he believes he is doing a good job.