Trump Confirms Being Investigated for Firing Ex-FBI Director Comey


The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice in relation to ongoing investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Regardless of the outcome, the spectre of Mr Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Mr Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes by Trump associates, the daily said, quoting unnamed U.S. officials.

At a Senate hearing earlier this week, Rosenstein declined to answer whether he would have a conflict of interest if he became a witness in the investigation but pledged to "do the right thing".

The Washington Post has reported that Mueller is investigating Trump for possible obstruction.

Investigators in Mueller's office are set to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN.

According to the report, the new focus on Kushner's finances is "part of the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election".

The deputy attorney general later appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry.

Late on Thursday night, Rosenstein issued a written statement about leaks in the Russian Federation probe.

Trump May Be Laying Groundwork to Fire Mueller — WashPost
He said Trump had learned the effectiveness of social media as a communications tool during the campaign. Brand was sworn in as associate attorney general on May 22. "So I'm confused there", Todd said.

"Obstruction is criminal - there's a criminal aspect to that", committee Chairman Sen.

"It's basically all he talks about on the phone", said one adviser. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. The White House initially claimed that Rosenstein's memo contributed to Trump's decision to fire Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a pretty ambiguous statement Thursday.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

Grassley announced the investigation in a letter to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer from US President Donald Trump's legal team, denied that Trump was under investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately indicated that he may need to recuse himself from the probe into Russia's influence on the 2016 United States election, which would make him the second top tier law enforcement official to do so.

"You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice ..."

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.