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

Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Mueller, Rosenstein said, has the "full independence he needs to conduct that investigation".

Even the House intelligence committee - which was nearly derailed by a partisan split and has been slowed by a decision by its chairman, Devin Nunes, not to completely step aside from the probe - took critical steps this week. Mark Warner, who is the committee's top Democrat.

Washington D.C. [USA], June 15 (ANI): Special counsel Robert S. Mueller, who is overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is interviewing senior intelligence officials to examine whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

A major test on that front will be whether the FBI is willing to release memos from former FBI Director James Comey of his conversations with President Donald Trump, now that they have been provided to Mueller.

Mr Comey told Congress last week he believed he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

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The real solution to this problem, if Trump's assertions of innocence are true, is not to fire the special counsel but rather to cooperate fully with him to insure the swift completion of his investigation.

The Post reports that Trump fell under investigation shortly after Comey was sacked, and Mueller picked up the FBI's obstruction probe: "Five people briefed on the requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week".

(Congressional Republicans were quick to agree, with Representative Mark Sanford calling the idea of firing Mueller "a form of political suicide", while House Speaker Paul Ryan said, "I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job.") White House spokespeople didn't dispute Ruddy's claim, saying only that he "speaks for himself", which made it sound like Trump might be insane enough to get rid of Mueller just weeks after the suspicious dismissal of James Comey.

The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.

Sources told The Times that staff worked to talk Trump out of firing Mueller, what they viewed would have been a disastrous decision for the administration.

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Unlike the President's successful TV program, where ratings seemed to rise each time he fired someone, his already lackluster poll numbers might plummet if he terminates Mueller before the special counsel has completed his investigation. An aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries don't interfere with one another.

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said when asked whether Trump was considering firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. But Trump could try to invent a "good cause" and order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

When Mr Comey appeared before a Senate committee last week, he confirmed that he had told Mr Trump on several instances that he was personally not under investigation.

Grassley announced the investigation in a letter to California Sen.

WaPo Report: Special counsel now investigating possible obstruction of justice
Ryan said the smartest thing for the president to do would be to let the investigation continue and be vindicated. The official, who would not detail what the two discussed during the interview, said it took place on May 16.

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