Trump 'investigated for obstruction of justice' in Russian Federation probe
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 14:16
SHAPIRO: And so the question would be, was the dismissal of Comey meant to obstruct the investigation into possible collusion or Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign?
Mueller was appointed on May 17 by the Justice Department as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States elections and related matters.
The news comes on the eve of Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committe on the Russian Federation investigation.
Comey testified that he thought Trump's request to "let go" of the Flynn probe was "very disturbing.very concerning" and that he expects Mueller will closely examine whether it amounted to an obstruction of justice "offense".
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, responded Wednesday evening to the Post report by saying, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".
However, the Times points out that the latest questioning does not mean a criminal case is being built against the president, simply that information is being gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"I think he's weighing that option, " Ruddy said in an interview with the PBS NewsHour. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.
President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 12, 2017, during a ceremony honoring the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions Clemson University Tigers.
Finally, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) got right to it and asked the question on everyone's mind - if Trump ordered Rosenstein to fire Mueller, what would he do?
The letter said the investigation would also probe Mr Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as former 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.
Session will also testify before the House later Tuesday, scheduled to discuss the department budget.
"Time to rethink", he tweeted on Monday, citing Mr Mueller's hiring decisions and Mr Comey's admission that he instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he had taken of his private conversations with Mr Trump in order to force the appointment of special counsel.