President Trump Under Investigation For Obstruction Of Justice
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:30
The president's tweets early on Thursday followed a Washington Post report on Wednesday citing unidentified officials that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, describing the ongoing inquiry as a "witch hunt".
But Mr Comey also testified that to his knowledge the president had not tried to stop the Russian Federation investigation.
Trump continued on Twitter that people "are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history" - a claim he has made in the past.
He also alleged Mr Trump sought to persuade him to drop inquiries into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who resigned in February after misleading Vice-President Mike Pence over contact with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington.
The report comes a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a close aide of Trump, vehemently denied any role in Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. polls and dismissed accusations that he discussed such an effort with Russian officials as an "appalling and detestable lie".
Grassley on Tuesday stopped short of ruling out establishing a congressional investigation into the question of whether Trump obstructed justice.
But even with the Comey testimony, the Republican base remains supportive of the president, with 81 percent of GOP voters polled by Politico saying they approve of Trump's performance. Then Donald Trump himself seemed to indicate that the FBI's probe into his campaign's links with Russian Federation was on his mind when he chose to fire Comey. "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. When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing - and he was therefore "not at liberty to talk about that now".
That isn't true anymore, according to reporting by The Washington Post on Wednesday night.
Mueller has the authority to investigate whether Trump tried to obstruct justice which is a potentially impeachable offense.
Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives, who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.