Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction

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Trump was unpopular among Americans overall even as he was elected president, but the poll shows that even many Republicans have doubts.

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller was seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign: Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

Twenty million Americans watched former FBI Director James Comey testify before a Senate committee last week. "Those were lies, plain and simple".

CNN is suing the Justice Department for copies of fired FBI Director James Comey's personal memos on his interactions with President Donald Trump. "I was also confused by the initial explanation that was offered publicly, that I was sacked because of the decisions I had made during the election year". He tried to justify his defiance with vague and muddled answers around executive privilege and the president's right to invoke it sometime in the future. "We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".

"For Mr. Trump, the line between whim and will is always thin".

As Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, noted in Tuesday's hearing, in July and again in October - following Comey's initial announcement that Hillary Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of her private email server and his decision to re-open the case in October - Sessions praised the then Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment.

Despite that, Trump is stewing over the Mueller-led investigation in the same way he did with Comey. And his supporters were relieved that there was no "smoking gun" revealed exposing the president's obvious guilt.

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The White House now refers all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

The report that Trump himself is being scrutinized for obstruction of justice served to undercut Trump's claims. Then he threatened to file a legal complaint against Mr. Comey for sharing his unclassified notes with a friend who leaked to The New York Times.

"No collusion. No obstruction". Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe said. Justice Department regulations specify that a special counsel can only be removed for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause", and that the "specific reason" must be spelled out in writing. If - you might remember after Comey's testimony, the President said that he felt vindicated by Comey's statements.

BARRETT: Well, it's longstanding Justice Department policy that a sitting president can not be indicted by a grand jury.

"Well, I guess I'm concerned about your recollection, really, because it's not that long ago", Sessions said. That combination of things, I had never experienced before, but it led me to believe I've got to write it down, and I've got to write it down in a very detailed way. I don't think he's politically motivated. If I didn't, I did it for almost all of them, especially the ones that were substantive. "That's what made this so-so hard, is it was a combination of circumstances, subject matter and the particular person", Mr. Comey testified.

White House staffers made a concerted effort to talk Trump down from ordering that Mueller be fired, the paper said.

"When you go back to United States vs. Nixon, the Chief Justice Warren Burger's decision in the case". Mueller was appointed after Trump dismissed Comey, who had been leading the inquiry. Then when he found new evidence that came up, I think he probably was required to tell Congress that it wasn't over, that new evidence had been developed.

But some privately concede that Trump is so unpredictable-and so frustrated with the persistence of the investigation and its cost in political capital-that they're not ruling it out.

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