Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Obstruction of justice case on Trump


Questions about that have persisted in places since reports that former FBI Director James Comey said Trump told him to "let go" of an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says former FBI Director James Comey's acknowledgement that he had given memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump to a friend who leaked them to the media is "weird".

While Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation, it is possible that he could be called as a witness as part of the investigation.

The three names being mentioned in USA media are Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, until recently Mr Rogers' deputy.

"I'm going to acknowledge we had a meeting with the special counsel Mueller, but I'm not going to get into the contents", Mr Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters later.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.

Mr Trump was strongly critical of some of Mr Comey's testimony but said Mr Comey had vindicated him by saying while he was at the agency, Mr Trump was not the subject of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Trump was forced to fire Flynn in February after he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian officials a year ago as a member of Trump's transition team.

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Trump took to his Twitter account Thursday morning to denounce the report.

The Washington Post this week reported, not only that the president is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, but also that the FBI inquiry is examining the business and financial dealings of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Friday.

While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. It was not clear why he attributed the report to an Federal Bureau of Investigation leak.

In his tweet today, Trump seemingly confirmed the report and reiterated his charge linking his presidential campaign with Russian Federation is nothing but a political witch-hunt.

Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Russia and Trump associates.

Recent reports have said Trump also requested help from Coats and Rogers to pressure Comey to end the investigation into Flynn's activities.

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