Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:56
Unfortunately for Trump, that seems to have changed shortly after he treated Comey to his signature catchphrase: Anonymous officials are telling the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president's conduct towards Comey constituted obstruction of justice. Later the New York Times and Wall St Journal reported the story, citing their own sources. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
"I think he's looking for information that would bolster the case that Comey made publicly and in his memos - that he believed Trump had directed him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, who was President Trump's first national security adviser".
The investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government has now turned to investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
A spokesman for Mr Mueller declined to comment.
Robert Mueller is overseeing an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election but has now widened the probe to include the president, it is claimed.
In a statement, the NSA said it is prepared to "fully cooperate with the special counsel".
President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, describing the ongoing inquiry as a "witch hunt".
The Senate committee has already begun taking testimony in both closed and open sessions from the nation's intelligence chiefs. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top two members of the panel, said after the meeting Thursday that Coats was speaking to the committee to "clear up a number of questions" after he testified in an open session last week.
The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said.
Trump had received assurances from then-FBI Director James Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to reveal what he and Trump have discussed when it came to the Russian Federation probe or on the decision to fire Comey. Legal action against a president would take the form of impeachment, Stanford law professor David Sklansky has said.