Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice

Posted June 17, 2017

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

President Trump on Thursday criticized reports that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, denouncing it as another "witch hunt" that is unfairly targeting him. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller's team who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, says he had previously assured Trump he was not personally under investigation.

James Comey told President Trump three times that he wasn't personally under investigation.

After Comey's firing, the administration gave differing reasons for his dismissal.

Trump has regularly turned to Twitter to blast reports about his alleged connections to Russia or the inquiries into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

On Friday, Trump attempted to push back.

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The president also vowed he would tell Mueller, should he be interviewed as part of the special counsel's probe, just what he told reporters: that he "didn't say" to Comey that he wanted him to drop a bureau's probe of Flynn. He declined further comment. Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred Roll Call to an outside counsel. The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.

The Post reported that Mueller and his team are interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump's role.

The apparent obstruction probe immediately conjures memories of the Watergate scandal.

Mueller is leading the Russian Federation probe after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

This was reminiscent of Watergate.

It is not clear whether the White House could use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to the investigators. That October, Nixon had Cox fired, leading eventually to House impeachment hearings and the president's resignation. Richardson refused, and instead resigned.

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