Just in: President Trump Is Reportedly Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 1:39
For most of this year, we now know, President Donald Trump's repeated insistence that he wasn't under investigation in the Russian Federation scandal was in fact true. On three occasions, Comey said he was not.
Donald Trump is a subject of the special counsel investigation into whether the president's campaign colluded with the Kremlin to interfere with the 2016 election. "I'm not talking about campaigns".
Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".
The White House on Wednesday evening declined to comment about the Post's obstruction-of-justice report.
Specifically, they write, "five people briefed" say that Mueller's team will soon interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, along with Rogers's former deputy, who recently left the government.
"What I did is I was going to fire Comey". But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said. But he had said last week he felt vindicated by Comey's testimony on June 8 that he was not the subject of investigation while Comey was heading the agency.
First, it makes it virtually impossible for the President and his administration to dismiss this probe as a sideshow or small potatoes or a distraction somehow created by the biased media. (That doesn't mean they won't do exactly that, of course.) We are now talking about the President of the United States being investigated for possibly obstructing justice in relation to a criminal probe about a foreign government meddling in our elections for the objective of defeating his Democratic opponent.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's 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.
Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, kept up his criticism of the investigations in a series of tweets on Friday.
According to today's Washington Post report, Special Consul Robert Mueller's probe of whether Donald Trump obstructed justice began days after James Comey was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. He then asked Coats "if he could intervene" with Comey "to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe".
Trump appeared unbowed by the new revelations. "Nice", he tweeted Thursday morning.
None of the above makes Trump guilty. That was on a phone call after the Oval Office discussion about Flynn.
"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point.