Russia Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

Alvin Kelly
June 19, 2017

He heads the McDermott, Will and Emery firm's government strategies practice. Trump later said he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what recommendation he received from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

He, however, said that whatever Trump did was "a very disturbing thing, very concerning".

The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.

Wednesday's session will focus on Russia's efforts to hack into state election systems, potential threats in upcoming election cycles, and whether states are well positioned to respond to those threats.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen.

Trump's focus was also drawn to the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the election amid reports that the probe had expanded to preliminary inquiries into whether the president obstructed justice.

The move was confirmed by a transition official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss post-election decisions.

The FBI probe headed by Mueller, a former FBI director appointed special counsel following Trump's firing of Comey last month, is running parallel with separate investigations by committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

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"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he wrote on Twitter.

It's unclear whether this and other leaks are coming from inside or outside the investigation - for instance, from associates of individuals who are the subject of scrutiny.

But as the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning the credibility of the special investigator Mueller, a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served under Republican president George W. Bush.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story".

There has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter. But it's part of the President's mindset that he's under siege and he's going to fight like he always has. "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!" The notes he took during discussions with Trump are considered his work product and therefore property of the USA government that he has a duty to surrender to investigators. Still, the rate declined mainly for a less-than-encouraging reason: People stopped looking for work in May and so were no longer counted as unemployed.

Starr, however, warned that Mueller should be careful not to "wander outside the bounds of professionalism and basic integrity" - as those would be grounds to fire him.

The president also appeared to undermine Mueller's leadership, saying the "witch hunt" was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

These witnesses are likely to provide an account not unlike Comey's in which the president wanted them to interfere with Comey's Russian Federation investigation. He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.

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