Special counsel Mueller determining whether POTUS obstructed justice

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

In the wake of Comey's dismissal, the Justice Department named Mueller, a former FBI director, to head a federal probe into the Russian Federation issue.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is launching a wide-ranging probe into the circumstances behind the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the media reported.

Comey testified last week that he believes he was sacked because Trump was unhappy with the Russian Federation investigation, which Trump has called a "witch hunt".

"Do you concur with the president [that] he was going to fire Comey regardless of [Rosenstein's] recommendation because the problem was the Russian investigation?" asked Sen.

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning once again dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "phony story" and blasted federal investigators as "bad and conflicted people" after a report said special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

A Trump loyalist and early backer of the billionaire businessman's presidential bid, Mr Sessions has recused himself from all ongoing Russian Federation investigations. "Nice", wrote Mr Trump on Twitter.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal attorney said, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". But he refused to discuss the reports "because I know nothing about the investigation". Last week, Coats and Rogers declined to answer questions before the US Congress about the matter, reported The New York Times.

Sessions explained Tuesday that he had met the ambassador as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, not as chairman of the Trump campaign's national security advisory board.

North Carolina Republican Richard Burr and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner aren't providing any other details regarding the meeting.

Trump critics have said that any efforts by the president to hinder an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe could amount to obstruction of justice.

"He must keep an arms length distance from Jim Comey", Malcolm said but added he personally isn't concerned about Mueller's handling of the investigation.

Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.

In addition, officials also said investigators have been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates. "I can tell you that for absolute certainty". A spokesperson for Trump responded to the obstruction of justice investigation by condemning FBI leakers who spoke about the investigation, but stopped short of denying that the investigation is taking place.

Lawmakers, including Al Franken of Minnesota and Patrick Leahy of Vermont, have asked the FBI to investigate and to determine if Sessions committed perjury when he denied having had meetings with Russians.

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he made a decision to dismiss him.

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