Trump lashes out over probe into possible obstruction of justice

Andrew Cummings
June 16, 2017

In the letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As for his recusal from the investigation-which President Trump did not agree with-Sessions insisted he had taken "no action whatsoever" in the probe. Trump wrote on Twitter, in a pair of messages that ended with a reference to his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again". Trump has said he is "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating.

"I felt (Comey), so long in the department - former deputy attorney general, as I recall - knew those policies probably a good deal better than I did", said Sessions at one point.

However, according to the Washington Post, since Mr Comey's firing, Mr Mueller, the special prosecutor, has started to look at Mr Trump's actions as part of the wider investigation into alleged Russian Federation interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his June 8 testimony that he believed Trump had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The NSA said in a statement that the "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel.

That goes to the heart of the question of whether the president may have obstructed justice".

A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the Post report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given Comey's testimony, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Mr Trump's fellow Republicans.

Those officials - Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Mr Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett - had agreed to be interviewed by Mr Mueller's investigators as early as this week, it said.

Trump also retweeted law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has called for a halt to conversations about obstruction of justice because there was "no plausible case".

The White House has been directing all questions related to this to Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz.

Sessions said it was "absurd" to suggest that he should have kept his distance from that decision given its apparent connection to the FBI's investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election. But he said Tuesday he anticipated the conflict of interest and effectively recused himself on his first day on the job, and was never briefed on the Russian Federation investigation. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for the President's legal team.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in case you hadn't heard, testified before the US Senate Intelligence Committee in open session on Tuesday, and pushed back strongly against what he described as the "secret innuendo" to smear him with the "appalling and detestable lie" that he colluded with Russian Federation on behalf of Team Trump in any way.

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