Donald Trump faces investigation for possible obstruction of justice
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:43
The investigation into Russia's interference in last year's USA election is looking at whether Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.
Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly will interview National Intelligence director Dan Coats, National Security Agency (NSA) director Adm. Mike Rogers and retired NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett as a part of the probe into Trump's conduct.
The nation's top intelligence official told associates in March that President Trump asked him if he could intervene with then-FBI Director James B. Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe, according to officials. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", according to the letter.
Mr Trump previously claimed he was the victim of a "witch hunt" in May after Mr Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed to lead an investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
Trump was forced to fire Flynn in February after he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian officials past year as a member of Trump's transition team. In fact, the campaign against the special counsel is beginning to resemble attacks against former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, whom the president fired abruptly earlier this year.
"I'm going to acknowledge we had a meeting with the special counsel Mueller, but I'm not going to get into the contents", Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters later.
"It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey stated under oath.
A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the Post report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given Comey's testimony, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe. Moreover, investigators are now "looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates", according to the report.
The White House has denied it put pressure on Mr Comey.
The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9. Mueller met with lawmakers on the committee Wednesday, just hours before the Post's report appeared. "We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner told the Post.