WaPo: Mueller Is Investigating Trump for Obstruction of Justice
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 21:43
Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story".
The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.
The emergence of the obstruction of justice inquiry may make it harder for Trump to have Mueller removed.
Close associates of Trump, including longtime confidante and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, have floated the theory that the president is considering firing Mueller, who was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.
In further fumbles, the special counsel is now looking into more private meetings in which the president allegedly asked top intelligence officials-Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats and NSA Director Mike Rogers-what could be done about Comey.
The New York Times reported that none of the men were involved in the Trump campaign, indicating that interviews with them would not be about possible Russian meddling in the election but about whether Trump asked for their help to convince former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The legal definition of obstruction of justice as a federal crime targets anyone who "influences, obstructs or impedes" federal proceedings such as FBI investigations.
He told the Senate Intelligence Committee the President had asked him to drop an investigation in to former national security adviser Michael Flynn , and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has met with the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than three hours in a closed session as part of the panel's probe into Russian interference in US elections.
Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top USA federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe.
It's been reported Trump had repeated contact with Coats and Rogers, and even asked them to publicly deny that evidence existed showing coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.