U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that he is under investigation for potential obstruction of justice and laid the blame on the Justice Department’s number two official for the probe.
Trump took to his official Twitter account to announce the news, say “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, commissioned former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in an investigation of alleged ties between Trump administration and Russia in the 2016 election.
Moreover, Trump sacked former FBI Director James Comey in May after Rosenstein issued a memo, urging Trump to sack the former FBI chief.
The memo reads, “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.” it says.
However, Trump was open about his intentions to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s advice.
According to the Washington Post, Mueller’s investigation had included whether Trump carried out obstruction of justice after Comey testified that the president had urged him to halt Michael Flynn’s investigation, his former national security adviser.
Trump cleared out the rumours about being under investigation after Rosenstein released a statement Thursday evening denying that the president is under investigation.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials’ particularly when they do not identify the country ― let alone the branch or agency of government ― with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated.” Rosenstein said. “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.”