President Donald Trump has confirmed that
he is being investigated by the FBI over his decision to fire its former chief James Comey, as part of a broader investigation into his campaign’s suspected collusion with Russia.
In a bizarre tweet, the president claimed he was “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!”
He appeared to be referring to Robert Mueller, also a former FBI chief and the predecessor of Mr Comey, who is leading the Russa inquiry.
It was not clear whether Mr Trump meant to suggest that Mr Mueller told him to fire Mr Comey.
Instead, some argued that Mr Trump was referring to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who wrote a letter which Mr Trump’s team initially used as justification for the firing.
Mr Trump himself later contradicted his team, stating that he was always going to fire Mr Comey, regardless of Mr Rosenstein’s letter.
The confusion was compounded by a strange-seeming statement issued on Thursday night by Mr Rosenstein.
The statement said Americans should think twice “before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous officials.'”
“Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations,” he said.
Americans were left wondering what the statement portended.
And the commotion came days after the White House was forced to deny that Mr Trump was planning on firing Mr Mueller.
A friend of Mr Trump’s, Chris Ruddy, claimed that the president was considering removing Mr Mueller from the inquiry – a move which would outrage Democrats, and also anger many Republicans.
Mr Mueller is widely respected for his experience and impartiality.