Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump blasts report on possible obstruction of justice probe

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Last Thursday, Comey told the same Senate panel during a hearing that he was confused over the circumstances under which he was sacked on May 9, and said Trump had "hoped" that he would drop the FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn over alleged collusion with Russian Federation during the Trump campaign.

While not denying the report, Marc Corallo, a spokesman for Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, called the Federal Bureau of Investigation leak of this information "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

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"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said "You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won", Mr Trump told NBC.

That's the take-away from a local political science professor after watching testimony Tuesday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

And Sessions (along with his deputy, Rod Rosenstein) recommended that Trump fire Comey for reasons unrelated to the Russian Federation and Flynn investigations.

Comey testified that he was concerned by conversations he had with Trump in which the president asked for his loyalty and seemed to be asking that Comey back off of investigating former national security adviser Mike Flynn.

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Trump has repeatedly highlighted the fact he was not under personal investigation in probes looking into the election interference and potential collusion with his campaign, something confirmed by Comey last week in blockbuster testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The letter said the investigation would also probe Mr Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as former president Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Sources told the Post that the time since the firing of Comey, who was leading the FBI's variant of the Russian investigation, has changed that. Sessions told the committee he is protecting Trump's right to later on assert executive privilege "if he chooses".

In the afternoon, President Donald J. Trump will depart the White House en route to the Department of Labor. He declined further comment.

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The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal. Instead, experts say, the onus would be on Congress to review any findings of criminal misconduct and then decide whether to initiate impeachment proceedings.

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