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Trump attacks obstruction of justice probe by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Mueller

16 Juin 2017

The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports.

The investigation into Trump started after former FBI Director James Comey was sacked, according to the Washington Post report.

Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates.

It is not all that surprising to learn that Trump is now under investigation for obstruction, given what we learned from Comey last week about his interactions with the president as well as Trump's own public admission that "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to fire Comey.

According to the Post, it did change after Trump fired Comey.

News that Mueller is now investigating Trump for obstruction of justice comes amid reports that Trump has discussed whether to remove the special counsel.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", a Kasowitz spokesman said.

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

Numerous outlets focused on Sessions' calling accusations of any collusion with Russian officials "a detestable lie", with another RIA Novosti article saying that the USA is now investigating accusations of any interference that has "allegedly taken place".

Special counsel is investigating Trump
Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". An hour later, Trump was back at it, calling the investigation the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

Reports that Trump was considering firing Mueller surfaced last week, again citing unnamed sources.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions huffed his way through three hours of testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, turning in a bravura performance of the Trump administration's preferred tactic of pretending to answer questions that no one was asking and dodging the ones that are actually crucial to our democracy.

But even with the Comey testimony, the Republican base remains supportive of the president, with 81 percent of GOP voters polled by Politico saying they approve of Trump's performance.

Trump's implication that Comey made false statements differed from explanations offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said on the day of the hearing that Trump was "new at government" and "not steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between [the Department of Justice], FBI and White Houses". He then asked Coats "if he could intervene" with Comey "to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe".

It stands to reason that the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing would now be at the center of Mueller's query.

Hope the president is enjoying his last birthday in the White House.

That decision left Comey in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whom Trump famously then fired because he had "Russia on his mind". He described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation. Kushner reportedly met with Kislyak at Trump tower in December and asked the Russian ambassador about opening a secret channel to directly communicate with Russia. He said he didn't know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide.

Sessions asserted he did not collude with the Russians and had no knowledge of any collusion and addressed the newly surfaced rumor that he had a previously undisclosed meeting with RUSSIAN Kislyak at a Trump campaign event at the Mayflower Hotel.