Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 16, 2017

The special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 election is now also probing whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, The Washington Post said in a report.

Last week, James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that during his time as FBI director-which ended abruptly on May 9-President Donald Trump was never personally under investigation as part of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

He is interested in a number of possible incidents, including one, previously reported on by the Post, in which Trump asked Coats to intervene with Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

"What changed was, after the firing of James Comey, and Trump said it was because of the Russian Federation investigation, the FBI began to investigate the president for obstruction of justice", WaPo's Sari Horwotz told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday night, referencing Trump's May 11 interview with NBC News' Lester Holt.

In response to the news, Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said in a statement, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal".

President Donald Trump slammed special counsel Robert Mueller's expanding probe on Thursday, calling the inquiry into whether he obstructed justice a "phony story" and "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

But the position changed after Mr Comey was sacked on May 9.

Some of the talking points to be included in the White House's attempt to defend the president in this instance would be reiterating that there is no case for obstruction of justice, that information leaks coming out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the special counsel's office is disgraceful, why former Attorney General Loretta Elizabeth Lynch is not being investigated for obstruction of justice where former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's leaked emails were concerned and so on.

The latest development was first carried in the Washington Post.

The report comes a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a close aide of Trump, vehemently denied any role in Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States polls and dismissed accusations that he discussed such an effort with Russian officials as an "appalling and detestable lie".

The probe "could examine the thorny question of whether Mr. Trump improperly interfered in an ongoing investigation" by firing Comey, according to the newspaper. The difference here is that, so far as we know, Coats refused to carry out Trump's request.

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Already Mr Mueller's team have begun scheduling interviews with intelligence officials indicating his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

Entous wrote that after a White House briefing on March 22 - two days after Comey publicly confirmed the investigation into Trump's team and Russia - Trump requested that everyone present leave the room except Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo (just as Trump reportedly did before he asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation).

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