Trump said to be under probe for possible obstruction of justice
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:04
In his testimony on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed Trump had fired him over his role as lead of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the USA election and Trump campaign associates' possible ties to Russia.
"What changed was, after the firing of James Comey, and Trump said it was because of the Russian Federation investigation, the FBI began to investigate the president for obstruction of justice", WaPo's Sari Horwotz told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday night, referencing Trump's May 11 interview with NBC News' Lester Holt.
They say senior intelligence officials will be interviewed about whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser.
Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
Trump said when he dismissed Comey on May 9 that the reason was the former FBI chief's handling of the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
The Post reported that according to five officials briefed on requests, those to be interviewed include: Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency head Mike Rogers and Rogers' now former deputy Richard Ledgett.
A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer in the Russian Federation matter Marc Kasowitz said, "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
In the most eagerly anticipated US congressional hearing in years, Comey had told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9. The Post suggests Mr Comey's "carefully worded comments" could mean the investigation into Mr Trump began soon after Mr Comey was sacked.
Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called the accusation in the Post unfounded and said it "changes nothing".
Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.
"Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation".
Mr Trump's legal team said the latest leak to the media was "outrageous". But the Post story is the first clearly stated report that he is in fact doing so - a potentially ominous development for the president.
According to the Post and Wall Street Journal reports, Ledgett wrote a memo describing a phone call Trump made to Coats in which the president asked Coats to publicly say his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation.
Comey, however, would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice. He told reporters in a steamy Rose Garden that Comey had lied under oath, saying: "Frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said, and some of the things that he said just weren't true".
In listening to the testimony before Congress of fired FBI Director Comey, one frightening and underlying truth becomes even more clear: The president is unfit for the job.
On May 30, Trump tweeted: "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News".