Trump appears to confirm he's under investigation


"Witch Hunt" he tweeted from the White House shortly before leaving for Miami. NPR's Scott Horsley is in our studios.

Many speculated that this statement was in response to an anonymously-sourced Washington Post report claiming that Mueller was investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, a White House senior adviser and Trump's son-in-law. Sad!" he wrote. "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great.

Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey.

President Trump could have taken to social media Friday morning to celebrate the two-year anniversary of his presidential campaign announcement and unlikely political rise that followed.

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

INSKEEP: I'm being - I'm just trying to unpack this.

When Rosenstein appeared before the House Appropriations Committee this week, he stated that Comey's firing could very well become a factor for Mueller's investigation. Who would that be?

President Donald Trump appears to have confirmed for the first time that he is under investigation, saying on Twitter Friday, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

California Rep. Adam Schiff says it's clear that Trump "believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason". In fact, we are so far apart that if he said the sky was blue, I would say, "Shut up, you orange-faced afterbirth, lying sack of Russian urine!"

In that memo, however, Rosenstein never explicitly called for Comey's firing.

As for Rosenstein, aka presumably "the man who told [Trump] to fire the FBI Director", there is a bit of a he-said/dumbass-said with regard to accountability for Comey's termination.

President Donald Trump acknowledged yesterday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.

Rosenstein didn't provide specific examples of what he might've been referring to.

INSKEEP: New Supreme Court justice.

Earlier this week, a friend of Trump said the president was considering it. I happened to be there for that ceremony.

In his conversations with Brand, Rosenstein told the No. 3 Justice Department official that she would take over these responsibilities if he made a decision to step aside. Last night, Rosenstein put out an unusual statement telling Americans to be skeptical about anonymous allegations and stories based on unnamed sources. Mr Rosenstein has reportedly told colleagues he may need to recuse himself from that investigation. That falls to Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who was asked this by Republican senator from Maine Susan Collins at a hearing on Tuesday.