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Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

15 Juin 2017

The special counsel appointed to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation is now looking into whether President Trump sought to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported.

The Post also reported that according to "people familiar with the matter", the investigation into Trump began shortly after the President fired then-FBI Director James Comey.

In the most eagerly anticipated USA congressional hearing in years, Comey had told lawmakers the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the president dismissed him on May 9.

The investigation began "days after Comey was sacked on May 9", according to Jeff Bezos's newspaper machine, and it also includes a search for "any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates".

Robert Mueller, who is carrying out a probe into potential Russian interference in the United States election, is to interview senior intelligence bosses, according to the Washington Post.

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

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. During the Watergate investigation President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating a campaign of political spying and sabotage launched by a Nixon re-election committee.

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Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation because of his own conversations with Russian officials during the Trump transition. When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing - and he was therefore "not at liberty to talk about that now". Reached by ABC News, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr offered no comment.

It is not clear whether the White House could use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to the investigators. The Justice Department has long held it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

"We are all advising him not to [get rid of] Muellerl; that has not changed", one Trump aide told The Daily Beast. "The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here".

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

"It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", the letter concludes.

Trump said when he dismissed Comey on May 9 that the reason was the former FBI chief's handling of the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.