WaPo Report: Special counsel now investigating possible obstruction of justice

Cheryl Sanders
June 15, 2017

Shortly after Mueller's appointment was announced last month, Trump floated the idea of firing him, but staffers sought to squash the idea, which they believed would "turn a bad situation into a catastrophe", The Times reported Tuesday.

Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and is also looking into financial crimes among Trump associates, the Post wrote, citing five unnamed intelligence officials. Reached by ABC News, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr offered no comment.

In a pivotal shift in the investigation that has riveted Americans like no other for decades, senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, the Post said. "We are not in a position to comment further".

"The FBI leak regarding the president is outrageous, inexcuseable and illegal", said a representative for Kasowitz.

Burr told CNN they had a "good meeting" with Mueller.

Coats, Rogers, and Ledgett will appear voluntarily, but it is as of yet unclear as to whether or not they will be instructed to invoke executive privilege to avoid answering Mueller's questions.

Comey testified that initial explanations that he was sacked because of poor leadership were "lies, plain and simple". Comey said he believes the president fired him because of the Russian Federation investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, his deputy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation director they helped fire all appeared in dramatic congressional hearings this past week to talk about President Donald Trump.

Even the House intelligence committee - which was nearly derailed by a partisan split and has been slowed by a decision by its chairman, Devin Nunes, not to completely step aside from the probe - took critical steps this week. But Comey did lay out facts that a prosecutor could use to try to prove obstruction, as NPR's Domenico Montanaro noted.

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

Comey testified that he was asked for "loyalty" from the president.

The president denies that he asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe, part of his version of the events involving the former director that he said last week he'd be "100 percent" willing to recount under oath.

Tuesday morning, Trump supporter Ari Fleischer, who served as President George W. Bush's press secretary, again highlighted the issue of Mueller's probe being handled by attorneys who have donated mostly to Democrats, a message that Donald Trump Jr. quickly retweeted to his own 1.7 million followers.

On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to".

In a letter to Comey informing him of his termination, Trump wrote that he was acting on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but days later expressed that the decision was his own and that he was thinking about the Russian Federation investigation when it was made. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats. The National Law Journal reported on June 9 that Mueller has brought Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben onto the team on a part-time basis.

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

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