Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington
- Trump suggests the special counsel and his Russia probe team are conflicted by their Comey and Clinton ties
- President signs bill to ease discipline and firing of Veterans Affairs Department employees
- Mexico objects to Trump's inaccurate tweet that it is the world's "second deadliest country"
- With the release ofSenate Republicans' healthcare bill, party leaders struggle to line up support
President Trump appeared to attack a top official in his own Justice Department on Friday, and in the process arguably confirmed reports that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.
In one of a series of morning tweets, Trump said he was “being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt"
Trump is likely pointing to Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who made the decision last month to name former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to oversee the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller has expanded his investigation to include whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Rosenstein told a Senate panel this week that he hasn’t spoken to Mueller about the substance of the investigation since he appointed him, adding that Mueller should make his own determinations about what is within the scope of it.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, a decision the White House initially said was largely based on a memo written by Rosenstein outlining concerns about Comey’s leadership -- but which never explicitly recommended his termination, despite what the president’s tweet Friday suggests.
Trump himself had told NBC News in an interview last month that he was planning to fire Comey anyway, independent of Rosenstein’s memo.
Whether Trump’s tweet confirms a possible obstruction of justice case against him or simply refers to the reports of one, it is only the latest example of him commenting about the larger probe in a way that his personal attorney and administration officials would almost certainly advise against.
It also comes amid speculation that Trump is considering firing Mueller -- a course of action congressional Republicans are widely advising against, even as Trump allies like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich suggest he should.
The tweet seemingly referring to Rosenstein, appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly earlier this year, comes after the deputy attorney general issued a cryptic statement Thursday night advising Americans to “exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials.’”
That statement appeared to be linked to a separate report that Mueller is also investigating the business dealings of the president’s son-in-law, senior advisor Jared Kushner.