President Trump confirms FBI probe, calls it a 'witch hunt'


President Donald Trump appeared to confirm in a tweet on Friday that he is under investigation related to his firing of FBI Director James Comey and blamed what he called a "Witch Hunt" on "the man who told me to fire" Comey — a possible reference to the deputy attorney general.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," Trump tweeted. NBC News has reported that federal investigators are examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

Trump may have been referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended Comey's removal in a memo last month. The Justice Department declined to comment on Friday.

The probe is being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.


In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on May 11, Trump said he was "going to fire [Comey] regardless of recommendation" from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"What I did is I was going to fire Comey. My decision," Trump told Holt, a day after the White House had said the president fired Comey based on a recommendation from Rosenstein.

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