Many of Trump's supporters cried "fake news" over the story, but the development was unsurprising to anyone who watched James Comey's testimony last week; the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director telegraphed several times that this would be an inevitable component of the Special Counsel probe.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reiterated in a recent meeting that he may have to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, sources told ABC News.
"Potentially complicating matters, Trump posted an exasperated message today on Twitter, dismissing the Russia-related probe as a "witch hunt" and lamenting that he's 'being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director!'" ABC News writes.
"His concern was, because we're looking at the potential - again, that's the subject of the investigation - coordination between the campaign and Russian Federation, because it was President Trump - President-elect Trump's campaign, this person's view was, inevitably, his behavior, his conduct will fall within the scope of that work", Comey said.
Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday.
Kushner has agreed to discuss his Russian contacts with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting one of several investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Two months later, at Trump's urging, Rosenstein wrote a letter to the president detailing his belief that Comey should be fired. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., wrote his own letter, insisting that Rosenstein's hard-earned reputation as an "apolitical actor" was "now imperiled" by the deputy attorney general's role in Comey's firing.
Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller on May 17 as special counsel to head the inquiry into the Russian Federation matter.
Comey has told lawmakers to give the notes that he took after each of his nine meetings or phone calls with Trumps to Mueller.
"The public interest requires me to place this investigation under a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Rosenstein said in his announcement last month.
Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch of agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations".
"The Rosenstein statement suggests there must be a heck of a Trump story coming based on alleged information from anonymous foreign officials", tweeted conservative commentator Bill Kristol.
In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the US public to "exercise caution" before trusting media reports citing anonymous officials, despite the fact that the Trump administration continues to use them in official statements to the media. She graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to the Justice Department. Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters.