President Donald Trump has acknowledged that he is currently being investigated in the inquiry into alleged Russian influence, describing it as tantamount to a “witch hunt.”
After 9 a.m., Trump tweeted: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
Media outlets reported it is the first time the president publicly acknowledged he’s under investigation for firing ex-FBI director James Comey last month.
A source—unnamed—told Fox News that Trump was referring to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. Rosenstein issued a memo in May that had been critical of Comey’s performance, which Trump cited as a reason for firing him. Rosenstein then appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, to investigate Trump.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe in early March, making Rosentein the person to appoint Mueller. Trump reportedly was at odds with Sessions’ decision to recuse himself.
On Friday, Trump made more comments on the probe.
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” he wrote. “Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!”
The president then took shots at one of his favorite targets: the news media.
“The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media – over 100 million people! I can go around them,” Trump also wrote.
Rosenstein, meanwhile, issued a warning to anyone reading anonymously-sourced news articles on the probe.
“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 in a statement, Fox reported. “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.”