Trump Is Being Investigated For Possible Obstruction Of Justice
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 2:11
Comey, in his Congress testimony, expressed is belief that he was sacked because of his bureau's Russian Federation investigation. Trump had wanted Comey to disclose publicly that he wasn't personally under investigation but the FBI director refused to do so.
Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict. The Post report came days after a Trump confidant, Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, told PBS the president is "considering" firing Mueller.
The investigation into Trump started after former FBI Director James Comey was sacked, according to the Washington Post report. Trump said he felt "vindicated" by Comey's testimony. Now, the probe has set its sights on the man at the top of the pyramid: President Trump himself. That was something that Special Consul Mueller would have to examine, Comey had said. The president has accused Comey of lying about those encounters.
In the most eagerly anticipated USA congressional hearing in years, Comey had told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9.
I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense.He declined further comment.
Accounts by Comey and other officials of their conversations with the president could become central pieces of evidence if Mueller decides to pursue an obstruction case.
Comey also suggested another factor in his termination was his declining to lift what Trump, during private phone conversations, described as the "cloud" of the bureau's Russian Federation probe hanging over his presidency that was making it hard for him to govern.
Trump, in a series of morning tweets, reverted back to the tone that won him the White House, slamming the investigation a day after he called for unity in the wake of a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", spokesman Mark Corallo said. The Post suggests Mr Comey's "carefully worded comments" could mean the investigation into Mr Trump began soon after Mr Comey was sacked.
Jeffrey Toobin, a CNN legal analyst, said last month that Trump's request for Pence and Sessions to scram "suggests consciousness of guilt". So it didn't sound as if Trump was trying to stop the Russian Federation investigation at that point.