Is he or is he not under investigation? That depends on whom you ask. If you ask Donald TrumpDonald TrumpLewandowski near ‘high six-figure book deal’: report GOP fires opening attack on Dem reportedly running for Heller’s Senate seat Overnight Tech: Trump seeks tech’s help for ‘sweeping’ IT overhaul | FTC looks to block sports fantasy merger | Firm exposes nearly 200M voters’ data MORE, the answer is yes. If you ask his attorney, the answer is maybe yes, maybe no.
It all started when The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller had scheduled interviews with Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDan CoatsPress: Worse than Nixon Overnight Cybersecurity: GOP contractor exposes data on 200M voters | Spyware targets Mexican journalists, advocates | White House hosts tech CEOs Senate Dem to Intel chief: Answer my surveillance question publicly MORE, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and recently retired Deputy NSA Director Richard Ledgett. Mueller wants to explore if, in fact, Trump asked each of them to pressure James Comey into dropping his FBI investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials on the 2016 presidential election.
The Trump White House responded in a predictable pattern: official denial by Trump’s communication team, followed by official confirmation from Trump himself. Press secretary Sean Spicer denied it was a travel “ban”; Trump tweeted it was a ban. Spicer insisted Russia had nothing to do with Comey’s firing; Trump told Kremlin officials he fired “nut job” Comey to get the” Russian thing” off his back.
On the Post report, it gets even more weird. First, White House staffers spend 24 hours denying Trump was under investigation. Next, on Friday morning, Trump announced to the world he is under investigation: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” Then, the White House sent out…