President Trump on Friday continued to belittle the investigations of his White House, again using the term "witch hunt" to describe them. But after saying for weeks publicly that he wasn't personally under investigation, the president for the first time acknowledged the opposite: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt" he tweeted. Trump didn't clarify, but he's likely referring to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, notes Politico. Or he means Mueller himself. Earlier, he tweeted that "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians,' nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!" Related:
- New order: Members of Trump's transition team were ordered Thursday to keep "any physical and electronic records" related to the investigation into possible Russian collusion, reports the New York Times. The newspaper sees it as further evidence that Mueller is "casting a wide net" in the inquiry's early stages. The order also wants background records on former campaign manager Paul Manafort; his business partner Rick Gates; former foreign policy adviser Carter Page; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.
- 'Obsession': Trump's tweets come as Politico weighs in with another story saying that Trump aides are worried that the president's "obsession" with the Russian investigation is consuming his presidency. "It's basically all he talks about on the phone," one adviser is quoted as saying.
- Stephen Colbert: Colbert took issue with the "witch hunt" theme on his show. "Yes, it's just like the Salem witch trials, when those young women were accused of witchcraft and then said, 'We did witchcraft' in an interview with Lester Holt," he said. (See video.) Colbert was referring to Trump telling Holt that he was thinking about "this Russia thing" when he fired Comey.
- Jimmy Kimmel: Kimmel also got in on it, saying, "The way we'll know Trump is a witch is when the White House falls on top of him." He also checked in with a "witch," played by Andy Samberg, who rejected Trump's comparison. (See video.)