Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice -Wash Post
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:04
The Washington Post is reporting that President Donald Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice.
Comey testified that he thought Trump's request to "let go" of the Flynn probe was "very disturbing.very concerning" and that he expects Mueller will closely examine whether it amounted to an obstruction of justice "offense".
However, the Times points out that the latest questioning does not mean a criminal case is being built against the president, simply that information is being gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump was forced to fire Flynn in February after he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian officials past year as a member of Trump's transition team. The outlet also said the probe now also includes a look at any financial crimes by Trump associates. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
The New York Times corroborated the report, citing a person briefed on the investigation. "I was sacked, in some way, to change - or the endeavor was to change the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted".
"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. Rosenstein was acting, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from acting in the Russia investigation after it was revealed he had held two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the November 8, 2016 election.
Mueller's office has already started scheduling preliminary interviews with intelligence officials inside and outside the government.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said this week that suggestions of collusion between the Russians and Trump is an "appalling and detestable lie".
The Trump administration refused to comment, instead referring journalists to Trump's personal counsel, who of course responded to this with a statement attacking the leakers for revealing the information.