Special Counsel Is Investigating President Trump For Obstruction Of Justice

Comey testified under oath to Congress last week that he believed he was sacked 'because of the Russian Federation investigation'.

"I'm not claiming executive privilege, because that's the President's power", Sessions told Sen. It reminded Washington of another attorney general who testified 10 years ago, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

On Wednesday night, a spokesman for Trump's lawyer did not refute the notion that Trump was under examination but decried what he said were leaks that led to the story.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

And Trump himself undercut the reasoning for firing Comey that Sessions and Rosenstein had presented, saying he was going to fire Comey anyway "regardless of recommendation". Mueller might come up with something Russia-related that sticks to the Trump administration.

According to the Post report, senior U.S. intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel. "Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

"His justification for refusing to answer the questions was completely incoherent".

But as the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning the credibility of the special investigator Mueller, a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served under Republican president George W. Bush.

Sessions is likely to be asked about his conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and whether there were more encounters that should have been made public.

Do I wish the president would conform a little to the traditions most Americans expect of a White House occupant? I do.

Democratic senators pressed Sessions on the legal rationale for his refusal to discuss those private conversations, as Sessions acknowledged that Trump had not asserted executive privilege around the hearing.

After Comey's testimony in which he acknowledged telling Trump that he was not under investigation, Trump tweeted that he felt "total and complete vindication". If - you might remember after Comey's testimony, the President said that he felt vindicated by Comey's statements.

"I guess you feel like you just need to trust your president", said Richardson, a retiree from Meade County, Kentucky. At the end of May, the chief of the Justice Department's Fraud Section, Andrew Weissman, also joined the team, NPR's Carrie Johnson reported at the time. Sessions said: "It did not violate my recusal". Mueller also won votes of support Tuesday from the top two Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, both of whom said they have confidence in him. Comey told Congress last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

Second, it suggests that not only is the special counsel's investigation reaching upward in the White House but that is also broadening out from simply an attempt to answer the question of the breadth of Russia's hacking and whether it caught up any Trump officials in it.

  • Larry Hoffman