President Trump 'investigated over possible obstruction of justice'

Terrell Bush
June 16, 2017

Comey had told Congress that the FBI was investigating possible links between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government, which United States intelligence agencies accuse of hacking the Democratic National Committee's emails past year in a bid to influence the election against Hillary Clinton.

Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller.

That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - as special counsel the following week.

Speculation about whether Mueller would be removed was sparked on Monday after a friend of the president, Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, said during an interview on PBS NewsHour that he thought Trump is "considering perhaps terminating the special counsel".

"I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy said.

Some of Mr Trump's allies have begun questioning Mr Mueller's credibility as the investigation intensifies.

Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.

The Trump Organisation has said it will donate profits from customers representing foreign governments to the US Treasury but will not require such customers to identify themselves.

Ruddy added, "I think it's pretty clear by what one of his lawyers said on television". Ultimately, it would be up to Mueller to decide whether there is enough evidence to recommend pursuing charges on any part of the investigation.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the USA election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year", he said.

After news of Ruddy's interview surfaced on the web, Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, echoed that sentiment on Twitter. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.

Later, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked Rosenstein point blank: "If President Trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do?"

Mr Sessions vigorously denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to the US.

"I know I'm not under investigation", Trump told NBC's Lester Holt in a May 11 interview that came just two days after Trump had fired Comey over, according to the President, the FBI director's handling of the Russian Federation investigation. The person demanded anonymity to discuss strategy on the sensitive matter.

Sanders declined to describe Trump's current opinion of Mueller, who was named special counsel last month by Rosenstein. "I think it is", Ruddy said. And I think it would be odd that he would have a confidential conversation, and then, a few days later, become the prosecutor of the person he may be investigating.

Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning. "With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment".

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