US special counsel probing Trump for possible obstruction

That's according to a late-breaking Wednesday night report from the Washington Post, which detailed how Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice.

It is not all that surprising to learn that Trump is now under investigation for obstruction, given what we learned from Comey last week about his interactions with the president as well as Trump's own public admission that "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to fire Comey. However, an investigation did begin days after Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Recent reports have found Mueller is hiring investigators familiar with prosecuting corruption cases. But the Post story is the first clearly stated report that he is in fact doing so - a potentially ominous development for the president. The New York Times also reported the story.

Mueller briefed Senators Wednesday on his work.

Trump said in mid-May the special counsel's probe would show there was "no collusion" between his campaign and a foreign power.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Finally, the other conversation which will obviously be of interest to Mueller is the one Trump had with Comey in the Oval Office.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, testified on Tuesday that he would not fire the special counsel without "good cause".

Investigators are also searching "for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates", according to unnamed officials cited in the report. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat. Grassley's office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey's interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked. That combined with Comey's subsequent firing, which Trump said later was not about Comey's treatment of the Clinton email investigation but about the Russian Federation probe, seems like the main line of argument if you want to claim obstruction took place. Grassley said Comey's dismissal and Comey's testimony on Lynch should be looked at together, noting that Comey "took the opportunity in his testimony to clear his own name by denouncing as false the administration's claims that the FBI rank-and-file had lost confidence in Mr. Comey's leadership in the wake of the Clinton email investigation".

  • Zachary Reyes