Trump lashes out over probe into possible obstruction of justice
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 10:29
Mr Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the Post story and called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". The shifting focus of their accusations signals where the real battle to save Trump from impeachment will be fought. While Democrat Senators tended to assume Sessions was attempting to avoid answering questions regarding his conversations with #President Trump or Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Republicans leaned toward leniency, allowing Sessions the choice to withhold answers that he deemed private.
NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR's Phil Ewing, "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".
It is possible, however, that the sources for the Post report could have been those interviewed as part of the investigation, not the investigators themselves.
"I think we need to know more about that, and there's only one way to know about it and that's to have the Judiciary Committee take a look at that", Ms. Feinstein said during a recent interview with CNN.
Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, the reported quoted officials, as saying.
Being the subject of overtones by some committee members that he's betraying his country and his nation, Sessions was further asked on why he had chose to recuse himself on March 2, with the implication being that it had something to do with Comey's dismissal as well as the Russian Federation investigation. 'Seems unlikely, in other words, that Mueller would let slip any hot details about his quest to loose-lipped "officials" who might turn around and leak to the media.
"I recused myself from any investigation into the (2016) campaign for president but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations".
But the nation's top law enforcement official - who recommended Mr Comey's dismissal last month - has himself become a focal point in the crisis roiling the White House. He said he didn't know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide.
On Tuesday, Sessions raised his right hand and swore to tell the Senate Intelligence Committee the whole truth - but then mainly gave sworn non-testimony.
President Donald Trump's own worry might be (as reported in the New York Times) that the Russian Federation investigation will somehow cast doubt on the legitimacy of his Electoral College victory.
The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.
The interaction between Trump, Sessions and Rosenstein over Comey's fate, by the way, could prove important.
Mr Sessions declined to comment, stating only that he had "confidence" in Mr Mueller.
Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that he was certain his firing was due to the president's concerns about the Russian Federation probe, rather than over his handling of a now-closed FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state, as the White House had initially asserted.
Comey claimed after feeling pressured in a conversation with President Donald Trump to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, he "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but Sessions didn't respond. The Post said both men refused the President's request.