Unnamed Sources: Trump Now Being Investigated for Obstruction
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 22:31
Mueller III to investigate Trump's own conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" he added.
Comey prepared multiple contemporaneous memos documenting conversations with Trump that made him uneasy in the weeks before his May 9 firing.
Trump vehemently denies any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation.
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.
Trump did not directly address the allegations he obstructed justice - a potentially impeachable offense - neither did he deny he has entered the miniscule ranks of sitting presidents who have become the subject of a criminal investigation.
The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.
Mueller is said to be interviewing as early as this week three top intelligence officials as part of the probe, the Post reported, citing "five people briefed on the requests". Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.
On Wednesday, Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz suggested - without providing evidence - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had leaked details of the criminal probe.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, also denounced the report, saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". The Post has reported that the three met just before Comey was sacked and that Trump - having already chose to fire Comey - demanded that Rosenstein memo as a rationale.
Mr Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday.
"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.