Trump Attacks Justice Department, Media on Twitter Over Russia Probe: 'Phony Witch Hunt'

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June 16, 2017

President Donald Trump lambasted the media on Twitter on Friday and called special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation a "witch hunt."

The special counsel is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, and the Washington Post reports that Trump is also under investigation for potentially obstructing justice after firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump disputed the investigation's credibility.

The tweet appears to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo recommended firing Comey in May. Rosenstein was in charge of appointing the special counsel after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

Trump also defended himself from the charge of collusion with the Russians during the 2016 presidential election by saying there is not "any proof."

The Russia probe has touched on certain Trump associates, most notably former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, but Trump himself was not under investigation by Comey's FBI. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and others have said previously that no evidence has emerged showing Trump colluded with the Russians.

Trump also directed his ire at the media. He touted his ability to "go around them" via social media, while also saying that his administration is succeeding while the media is focusing on Russia.