Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017

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

In a series of statements on Twitter, Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

Putting a sitting president under investigation for possible crimes is quite complicated, even if overwhelming evidence of a crime is found.

Former FBI director James Comey told a Senate hearing last week he thought he had been dismissed "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

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.

That changed after Mr Comey was sacked last month, claim five officials who spoke anonymously to the Washington Post.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", Comey said.

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They are said to be National Security Agency head Mike Rogers, his former deputy Richard Ledgett and national intelligence director Daniel Coats.

A spokesman for Donald Trump's personal attorney condemned the revelation about the expanding investigation but did not directly refute the report.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives, who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

Committee chairman Richard Burr, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel's top Democrat, did not provide any other details, but an aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries did not interfere with one another.

Comey said he believed Mueller would look into Trump for obstruction of justice.

Mr Grassley's office said the letter was in response to a recent letter from Ms Feinstein requesting that the committee seeks details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Mr Comey's interactions with Mr Trump before he was sacked. This is part of the continuous probe that now seems to include an investigation into Trump's alleged obstruction of justice, by suggesting to fired FBI Director James Comey that he stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Mr Flynn resigned in February after it was revealed he had misled Vice-President Mike Pence over his contact with the Russian ambassador.