Trump Confirms He's Under Investigation Over Comey Firing
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 18:17
Accusations of possible obstruction by Trump were first raised last month when the president abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey while that agency was investigating the possibility of ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, according to The Associated Press.
Former FBI director James Comey told Congress last week that Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn, who was forced to quit for lying about his links to Moscow.
The only other person who was involved in the decision to fire Comey, at least publicly, was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who made the final recommendation to Trump based on Rosenstein's memo. If Rosenstein recused, Brand, the third-ranking Justice Department official, would be next in line to handle any matters related to the investigation.
Rosenstein is in charge of hiring and firing because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.
While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. Trump continues to deny wrongdoing, but Americans may be losing faith, according to a new Associated Press poll.
The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey.
The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.
Like many Trump tweets, it can be read both ways. After Comey's firing, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal.
"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired". Trump allegedly asked Coats whether he could convince now-ousted FBI Director James B. Comey to back off its probe of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, the Post reported.
The survey also shows that 68 percent of Americans are concerned that Trump or his campaign associates had inappropriate links to Russian Federation. It was not clear why he attributed the report to an Federal Bureau of Investigation leak.
It is possible, however, that the sources for the Post report could have been those interviewed as part of the investigation, not the investigators themselves.