Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Obstruction of justice case on Trump

Obstruction of justice case on Trump

Mr Trump may have been referring to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who in a memo to Mr Trump raised concerns over Mr Comey's performance.

The comment follows reports by NBC News and others that former FBI Director Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey.

Mueller is the person Rosenstein appointed to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Terming Comey's allegations untrue, Trump later said he was willing to testify under oath but Mueller's reported investigation into the president's actions means that Trump will have to live with the ghost of another probe reaching to the White House.

It was six days ago that Mr. Trump proclaimed that he had been vindicated by the Congressional testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, who said he had told the President several times that he was not under investigation related to Russian election interference.

In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump said nobody has been able to show any proof about his collusion with Moscow after months of investigations.

Mr Trump, who is due to give a speech in Miami on Friday where he is expected to announce a shift in United States policy towards Cuba, also boasted about his deployment of social media, despite warnings by legal experts that his tweets may be used against him in the ongoing investigation.

"I'm going to acknowledge we had a meeting with the special counsel Mueller, but I'm not going to get into the contents", Mr Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters later. "Nice", Trump tweeted at 3:55 a.m. Those who have agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators, the Post reported, include Dan Coats, director of national intelligence; Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, who recently left his role as Rogers' deputy.

President Donald Trump, not one to shy away from using Twitter, certainly isn't hesitating to tweet his feelings about news reports alleging that he's under federal investigation for obstruction of justice. If Trump is confirming the existence of an investigation targeting him, it would represent an extraordinary development less than five months into his presidency.

Comey said he believed Trump's advice to be a direction and thus felt uncomfortable by it.

He then proceeded to call the investigation the "single greatest witch hunt in American political history". This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle. In this regard, counsel Robert S Mueller III has sought interviews with senior USA intelligence officials.

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