Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

15 Juin, 2017, 10:31 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
  • Ousted FBI director James Comey listens during a hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill

Comey also testified that he believed Donald Trump was urging him to end the Russia Probe.

Four other US Congress committees are also investigating.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR's Phil Ewing, "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, immediately condemned the Post report.

It is not clear whether the White House could use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to the investigators.

Obstruction of justice is essentially defined as intentionally intervening or tampering with an ongoing investigation.

The Post reported that Mueller and his team are interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump's role.

The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9.

If Mueller did find evidence that Trump obstructed justice, the Department of Justice would likely not indict a sitting president.

The story broke hours after Mueller met with top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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A March 22 exchange is allegedly of potential interest to Mueller, officials told The Post.

They claimed a few days after the March 22 meeting, Mr Trump spoke separately with Mr Coats and Mr Rogers and asked them to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said.

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary.

Trump was apparently bothered by reports from conservative outlets like Breitbart News linking Mueller to Comey. Instead, Comey responded that he would give the president "honest loyalty". And leading Republican legislators on Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, with House Speaker Paul Ryan saying that his advice was to "let Robert Mueller do his job" and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voicing confidence in the special counsel. A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment.

"When you listen James Comey's testimony about how the President tried to get him to drop the investigation; and then, you see that he fired Comey when he didn't drop the investigation, that is evidence of obstruction of justice".

That conversation was reportedly detailed in a memo authored contemporaneously by Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired last month.

But days later he said in an NBC interview that he had made a decision to fire Comey before getting their input and he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did it.

Comey testified that initial explanations that he was sacked because of poor leadership were "lies, plain and simple".

The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director said ultimately it was up to Mueller to make a determination whether the president crossed a legal line. It is not known whether or not Comey's successor had informed Trump of the change in the probe.

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