Trump Blasts Russia Probe as ‘Witch Hunt,’ Suggests Robert Mueller ‘Very Bad and Conflicted’

President tweets day after Washington Post reports he’s under investigation for obstruction of justice

Last Updated: June 15, 2017 @ 10:12 AM

President Donald Trump again decried the Russia probe as a “witch hunt” in a Thursday morning tweet. It comes a day after a new report indicated that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA,” Trump tweeted.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post published a report claiming the FBI’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, is looking into whether the president tried to interfere with the bureau’s investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia.

Trump didn’t call out the paper directly in another tweet sent Thursday morning, but appeared to blast the news outlet, saying: “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phone story. Nice.”

Trump’s lawyers made similar comments Wednesday.

“The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team.

The president has also continuously called the Russia probe a “witch hunt,” using the phrase in at least eight tweets since March.

Mueller took over the Russia probe in May after Trump fired James Comey. His decision to open an investigation, per the Washington Post, marks an expansion of Mueller’s ongoing probe into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential race.

Even though Trump was told by former FBI Director James Comey earlier this year that he was not personally under investigation, officials told the Post that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.