Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

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.

Horwitz is one of the journalists who worked on the Washington Post report headlined "Special Counsel Is Investigating Trump For Possible Obstruction of Justice, Officials Say".

Citing unidentified "officials", the Post reported Mueller's probe has taken a dramatic turn.

Last week, James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that during his time as FBI director-which ended abruptly on May 9-President Donald Trump was never personally under investigation as part of the FBI's Russian Federation probe. After Comey's much-watched Senate testimony, the president said in a press conference that he would testify under oath regarding his interactions and conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Democrat Adam Schiff, a high-ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said if Trump were fired, Congress would bring him right back as independent counsel.

Her tweet, late Tuesday, ended a day in which the White House said the president has "no intention" of firing Mueller.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

It is the most significant sign that Mueller's investigation is extending beyond questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump has denied the comment.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN.

Comey told senators he thought publicizing the contents of those memos would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation.

Also under examination, the Post said, is Trump's request to Comey in February that he drop an investigation into Russia's ties with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

He also told lawmakers that Trump was not personally the target of an investigation while he was still the head of the FBI.

Rosenstein deflected by saying that it's possible the memo - and therefore the Comey firing - is part of Mueller's investigation and shouldn't be discussed openly.

Some of Mr Trump's allies have begun questioning Mr Mueller's credibility as the investigation intensifies.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he reportedly thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

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