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Special counsel probing Trump for possible obstruction

Special counsel probing Trump for possible obstruction

A spokesperson for Trump responded to the obstruction of justice investigation by condemning FBI leakers who spoke about the investigation, but stopped short of denying that the investigation is taking place.

A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer in the Russian Federation matter, Marc Kasowitz, said, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Mueller is interviewing as early as this week three top intelligence officials as part of the probe, the Post reported, citing "five people briefed on the requests".

Instead, Comey said, he quickly asked his immediate boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to be a buffer between him and Trump and to notify the White House counsel there was a potential problem. Trump was especially outraged by Comey's admission last week that he had leaked a memo with details of his interactions with the president in hopes of spurring the appointment of a special counsel.

Sessions said it would be "inappropriate" for him to reveal private conversations with Trump when the president "has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer". Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) whether Sessions "lingered" because he knew he wasn't supposed to leave Comey alone with Trump, Sessions ducked: "What I did recall is I did depart", Sessions said, "and Director Comey was sitting in front of the president's desk and they were talking".

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he chose to dismiss him.

"I'm not claiming executive privilege, because that's the president's power, and I have no power to claim executive privilege", he told ranking member Mark Warner. Comey discussed a host of issues surrounding Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, though his remarks also raised questions that were directed at Sessions on Tuesday. "It's worth the White House understanding that if they take this extremely destructive step, they'll have to fight a legislative effort to establish an independent counsel with Bob Mueller as the designee". But Comey did lay out facts that a prosecutor could use to try to prove obstruction.




US intelligence agencies concluded in a report released in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an effort to interfere in the election to help Trump in part by hacking and releasing damaging emails about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is also trying to assert its place in the Russian Federation investigative. hierarchy. After Comey's much-watched Senate testimony, the president said in a press conference that he would testify under oath regarding his interactions and conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

On Trump's plane ride home after a trip to Wisconsin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters he "has no intention" of firing Mueller, even though she maintained that "the president has the right to".

I don't know everything about Comey or Trump and I don't know their character besides what I've seen in the media, but compared to what I know about Trump, I agree with Shelley in saying that Comey seems to be an honest guy. Pink-slipping Mueller would destroy what little is left of his presidency by making it clear to everyone that the president has something criminal to hide.

But the attorney general, an early Trump supporter, revealed little in the congressional hearing about the ongoing Russian Federation saga or Trump's role in possibly trying to quash the investigation looking into it.

Maybe Trump thought that because Comey's investigations had yielded positive results for him in the past, he could rely on him to continue that trend no matter the accuracy of the results.

Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates. And now you're not answering questions. "And I think it's in everybody's best interest if we let him do his job, and we do ours". At the end of May, the chief of the Justice Department's Fraud Section, Andrew Weissman, also joined the team, NPR's Carrie Johnson reported at the time. I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice. Eric Holder, President Barack Obama's attorney general, was held in contempt of Congress for invoking executive privilege and not turning over documents related to the "Fast and Furious" investigation.


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