President Donald Trump seemed to confirm to the American public Friday morning that he is, in fact, under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and blamed a top official of his own Justice Department for what he called a "witch hunt."
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," Trump tweeted on Friday.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
The tweet appears to be aimed at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been in charge of handling the Russia investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case pursuant to Department of Justice regulations.
Sessions explained when he announced his recusal that since the investigation was expected to encompass the entire Trump campaign, and since he acted as a member of Trump's campaign, it would be improper for him to partake in decisions pertaining to the investigation.
Before Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May, Rosenstein sent the president a memo advising him to do so. Trump has said since then that he planned to fire Comey regardless.
After Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation as a special prosecutor. It is not clear what role Rosenstein is playing in investigating Trump, except to the extent that he is in charge of the department that is currently housing the investigation being conducted by Mueller.
News reports surfaced on Wednesday that Mueller was investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, but until Friday morning the claim had not been verified by anyone inside the White House.