Trump faces obstruction probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:10
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who named Mueller to lead the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, testified there was no reason to dismiss him, and said that he alone has the authority to do so.
In addition to describing his interactions with the president, Comey told the intelligence committee that while he was FBI director he told Trump on three separate occasions that he was not under investigation as part of a counter-intelligence probe involving Russian meddling in the election.
Investigators are reportedly analyzing statements made by Trump, publicly and privately, to non-government people about firing Comey, and Trump's worries about the Russian Federation investigation and other related probes.
Several legal experts told Reuters that Mr Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Mr Trump.
It comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", a spokesperson for Mr Trump's personal lawyer told the Post.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct", Comey said.
If Mueller did find evidence that Trump obstructed justice, the Department of Justice would likely not indict a sitting president.
Mr Trump previously tweeted: "The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer funded charade end?"
Rosenstein said he was also unaware of any "secret plan" to get rid of Mueller.
Speaking earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said politicians should allow the special counsel to do his work.
"I think he is considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Ruddy, who leads the conservative news website Newsmax, said on PBS NewsHour.
The complaint said President Trump had not sought congressional approval for any of the payments his hundreds of businesses had received from foreign governments since he took office in January, even though the Constitution requires him to do so.
"I appointed him. I stand by it. and I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation", he said.
Mr Grassley said Mr Comey's dismissal and his testimony on Ms Lynch should be looked at together, noting that Mr Comey "took the opportunity in his testimony to clear his own name by denouncing as false the administration's claims that the FBI rank-and-file had lost confidence in Mr Comey's leadership in the wake of the Clinton email investigation".
At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.