Investigation Is "Witch Hunt"

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

It wasn't clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

During Trump's morning Twitter statements, he seemingly confirmed that he is facing an investigation in connection to his decision to fire James Comey as FBI director.

Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Moscow's involvement in the presidential election previous year and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mr Mueller told the president to fire Mr Comey.

Former FBI head Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel a day after a report stemming from the notes was published.

USA president Donald Trump appeared to confirm he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, as he lashed out at what he described as a "witch hunt" against him.

Mr Trump's legal team responded angrily to the report that he is being personally investigated saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the resident is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

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Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key administration figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and possibly President Trump himself, said the source familiar with the Mueller investigation.

The second, the source continued, is whether if any potential offences were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them. Trump wrote on Twitter, in a pair of messages that ended with a reference to his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again".

Mueller has the authority to investigate whether Trump tried to obstruct justice which is a potentially impeachable offence. If the report is true and if it is confirmed that Trump obstructed justice by trying to get former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, and perhaps others, to end the Russian Federation probe, that could lead to the President's impeachment by Congress, something that many Democratic lawmakers say they would pursue if circumstances warrant.

Grassley's office said the letter was in response to a letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leaders about Comey's interactions with Trump before he was sacked.

Administration officials and the president's advisers are anxious Trump's tweets and public statements about the Russian Federation probe will trigger additional damaging leaks, but they said he can not stop talking about the investigation, reported Politico.

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