President Trump: WAPO Obstruction of Justice Report is a "Phony Story"
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:09
Rumors about whether Trump committed obstruction of justice have been circulating after Comey accused the president last Thursday of firing him to undermine the FBI's investigation into possible collusion with Russian Federation.
In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey said the bureau wasn't investigating Trump personally, at least not while he was serving his tenure as America's top cop.
Mueller and Comey are former associates, having worked closely together while Comey was deputy attorney general and Mueller was FBI Director under former President George W. Bush.
The three names being mentioned in USA media are Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, until recently Mr Rogers' deputy.
"The Post report cites anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators. The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here", McDaniel said in a statement.
The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal.
Trump reportedly came under investigation after the firing of James Comey. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing.
She said Mr Trump was not able to watch much of Mr Sessions' testimony, but he thought Mr Sessions "did a very good job" and was especially "strong" on denying any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.
President Trump later said the firing was over "the Russian Federation thing".