President Donald Trump seemed to confirm for the first time Friday that he’s being investigated for possible obstruction of justice and appeared to blame the Justice Department’s number two official for the probe.
Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in an investigation of alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russia in the 2016 election. Rosenstein made the appointment after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation for failing to disclose during his confirmation hearings that he met with Russian officials before Trump took office.
Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May after Rosenstein authored a memo advising him to do so. But Trump has publicly said he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein’s recommendation.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday Mueller’s investigation had extended to include whether Trump committed obstruction of justice when he asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.