Trump Under Investigation For Possible Obstruction Of Justice

If The Washington Post report is true, that the investigation into obstruction began before Mueller was appointed May 17, that means career FBI agents opened a probe soon after former FBI Director James Comey was sacked May 9, according to NBC.

Last month's appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation enraged President Trump.

The Times wrote that the memo is "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".

Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key people within the administration including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein and possibly Trump, the source told Reuters.

When you listen to James Comey's testimony about how the president tried to get him to drop the investigation, and then you see that he fired Comey when he didn't drop the investigation - That is evidence of obstruction of justice.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

President Trump dismissed a potential obstruction of justice investigation into his conduct, calling allegations of collusion between him, his campaign or people associated with him and Russian Federation a "phony story".

Trump followed up about an hour later with another critical tweet: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

A spokesman for Trump's private attorney declined to respond to details of the widening probe Wednesday, instead slamming the leaked information as "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". "Nice", he wrote in reaction to a Washington Post report alleging he is under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.

The comments caused quite a stir, and it was soon bolstered by a report from the New York Times.

Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. He said he didn't know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat.

Comey's firing is a "central moment that's being looked at" in the investigation, Post reporter Devlin Barrett told NPR's Ari Shapiro on All Things Considered, "but it's not the only thing". The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations.

Beyond confirming that Mueller was at the White House "for a job interview" the day before Rod Rosenstein appointed him and answering "I believe so" when asked if the president still has confidence in Mueller, the deputy press secretary didn't have much else to say about the topic.

After Comey's firing, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal.

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