Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US President Donald Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice


Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. Instead, Comey responded that he would give the president "honest loyalty".

Robert Mueller III, the Special Counsel appointed to supervise the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible ties with the Trump campaign, had a meeting with the leaders of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Wednesday.

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. It is often erased in moments of anger, when simmering grievance boils over into rash action, exemplified by the firing of Comey after a weekend of brooding at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey.

The Washington Post previously reported that Trump also asked Rogers and Coats to push back against the FBI's investigation. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Obstruction issues emerged during a February 14 meeting in the Oval Office, when the president told Comey he hoped his disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn would elude criminal prosecution. Days later, he told NBC's Lester Holt that "the Russian Federation thing" had been on his mind when he dismissed the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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Marc Kasowitz, the president's personal counsel, denounced this latest leak, which appears to emanate from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

He could be considering extreme measures to save his embattled presidency but is not beyond firing Mueller since he already did it to FBI Director James Comey.

"I don't think Trump should do anything but the congressional Republicans ought to look into it", Gingrich said.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday any talk about Trump wanting to rid himself of the special investigator amounts to "rumour".

Trump reportedly under investigation for possible obstruction of justice
According to the Post's sources, Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation the next month. After Comey's testimony last week, further questions were raised about whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.


"Well, I respect the move, but the entire thing has been a witch hunt".

Entous says patience is key, because Mueller's investigation isn't going to be transparent to the public. No longer is he merely focused on Moscow's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, meaning Mueller appears also to be zeroing in on Trump's actions since taking office on January 20.

The Special Counsel's office declined to comment.

Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers. Reporter Tony Mauro noted the addition of Dreeben may signal that "Mueller may be seeking advice on complex areas of criminal law, including what constitutes obstruction of justice". To charge someone with obstructing justice, however, prosecutors have to prove that "the defendant corruptly endeavored to influence, obstruct, or impede" an investigation, according to legal and national-security experts at Lawfare.

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