Democratic Rep. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanOvernight Energy: Bipartisan Senate group seeks more funding for carbon capture technology | Dems want documents on Interior pick's lobbying work | Officials push to produce more electric vehicle batteries in US Dems want documents on Bernhardt's lobbying work Overnight Energy: GOP lawmaker parodies Green New Deal in new bill | House Republicans accuse Dems of ramming through climate bill | Park Service chief grilled over shutdown MORE (Calif.) ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE as he announced military strikes in Syria, saying Trump is “not above using war” to distract the public from unflattering news stories.

“This breaking news is not good,” Huffman wrote Friday night. “Our Desperate POTUS wants to deflect from the deeply incriminating events of the past few days, and he’s not above using war to do it.”

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The criticism came moments after Trump announced that he had ordered “precision strikes” against Syria in response to an apparent chemical weapons attack by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. 

On Friday, U.S. attorneys confirmed for the first time that Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen was under a criminal investigation.

Last week, the FBI raided Cohen’s home and office in an attempt to find documents related to Trump’s alleged affairs with adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon Time for Democrats to accept reality MORE’s book is to be released next week and excerpts dropped several bombshells about the president this week.

Comey said in an interview that Trump asked him to investigate allegations about the existence of a “pee tape.” 

In his soon-to-be-released book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” Comey wrote that Trump repeatedly denied the allegations in multiple conversations with his FBI chief, and considered having them investigated and proven false.