Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

Debra Rodriguez | 16 June, 2017, 04:30

The Post reported that five sources had said the possible obstruction-of-justice investigation of the NY tycoon began days shortly after Mr Trump fired Mr Comey last month. "Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing", the Washington Post says.

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

He said: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Since then he almost-but-not quite recommended charges against Clinton; told Congress and then the world that the investigation was back on, then off again; then testified how mightily he struggled with the Clinton email case; then he was sacked; then he testified again that he was the "leaker" of a story to The New York Times.

Mueller was brought on to lead the probe into Russian election meddling after Trump fired Comey in May.

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign has met with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

These two file photos show US President Donald Trump (TOP) meeting with leaders of the pharmaceutical industry in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

Ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner told reporters that Mr Mueller had briefed senators Wednesday on his work. But Comey did lay out facts that a prosecutor could use to try to prove obstruction, as NPR's Domenico Montanaro noted.

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations.

Comey confirmed publicly in congressional testimony on March 20 that the bureau was investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as 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.

"I take the President's words". After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates. A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment.

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