An hour later, Trump fired off another tweet, saying: “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
He did not name the “bad and conflicted people.”
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice, according to officials.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The White House has recently made a practice of referring questions related to the investigation to Trump’s personal lawyer, and aides and associates have urged the president to refrain from commenting on the case on Twitter.
On Wednesday night, a spokesman for Trump’s lawyer did not dispute that Trump was under examination but decried what he said were leaks that led to the story.
“The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal lawyer.
Trump, who celebrated his 71st birthday Wednesday, refrained from commenting until Thursday morning.