President Trump Blasts Report on Possible Obstruction of Justice Probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 23:29
That report makes clear that three senior intelligence officers - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and and former NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett - are being interviewed this week by special counsel Bob Mueller as he looks into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russian Federation case.
The Post reported Wednesday evening that Mueller has widened his investigation to include whether Trump obstructed justice, citing five people briefed on the requests and noting that the investigation began after Comey was sacked last month.
The Post, citing five unnamed officials, reports that Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, had agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.
Some experts have said the firing itself, as well as Comey's subsequent assertion that Trump directed him to stop the investigation into disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, could be obstruction of justice. Grassley's office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey's interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.
Matthew Miller, who was the DOJ chief spokesman under Attorney General Eric Holder, said he isn't surprised Mueller is taking aggressive steps in the investigation.
Another White House official told the Daily Beast it would "suicide" for Trump to get rid of the special counsel.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's conduct marks a major turning point in the almost 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 FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", a spokesman for Mr Trump's legal team, Mark Corallo, said.
Mueller took over the investigation after former FBI Director James Comey was sacked.
The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.
Meanwhile, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel denounced the Post report and called it unfounded, claiming it "changes nothing".
And it also suggests that Mueller isn't narrowing the scope of the investigation he took over on May 18, he's widening it. Reporter Tony Mauro noted the addition of Dreeben may signal that "Mueller may be seeking advice on complex areas of criminal law, including what constitutes obstruction of justice".
Justice Department policy is that a sitting president can not be indicted by a grand jury, the Post also reported Wednesday.