Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 7:38
However, according to the Washington Post, since Mr Comey's firing, Mr Mueller, the special prosecutor, has started to look at Mr Trump's actions as part of the wider investigation into alleged Russian Federation interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Comey had confirmed during a congressional testimony in March that the FBI was investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, which included possible collusion between the country and Trump associates.
Despite the speculation, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that "while the president has the right to [fire Mueller], he has no intention to do so". House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders publicly said they thought the investigation should be allowed to run its course, and that firing the special counsel would be a mistake.
The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.
Sanders declined to describe Trump's current opinion of Mueller, who was named special counsel last month by Rosenstein. The Post's sources said that changed following Comey's firing.
According to one source, Mueller sees the obstruction claims as more than just "he said, he said" between Trump and Comey.
Comey seemed to hint that the feds were coming for Trump during his Senate Intelligence Committee testimony.
The White House now refers all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.
Those comments, combined with Trump's alleged request to Comey in February that the FBI consider dropping its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, have led lawmakers, legal experts, and now Mueller to question whether Trump sought to obstruct justice, a criminal and impeachable offense.
There also might be a claim of a "conflict of interest" because of Mueller's personal relationship through the years with Comey and possibly with numerous other potential subjects of his investigation.
The question on the minds of many of those in Congress was whether Sessions was aware of Trump's possible ulterior motive in firing the former FBI Director Comey from his post. "As long as I'm in this position, he will not be fired if not for good cause", he said. On Monday, speculation was stoked that Trump was considering terminating Mueller, after a confidante of the president suggested it was under consideration.
The CNN report, which cited Federal Election Commission records, said that $56,000 had been donated to Democratic candidates by three of the five attorneys known to be hired by Mueller to handle the Russian election interference investigation.