Special Prosecutor Investigates Trump for Possible Obstruction of Justice

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US President Donald Trump, after appearing before the media in the White House, Washington (USA) on June 14, 2017. Olivier Douliery / POOL EFE

 

The Special Prosecutor who investigates alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election campaign, inquires whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Citing anonymous sources, the paper says senior intelligence officials agreed to be interviewed by investigators working with special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

These include National Director of Intelligence, Daniel Coats; The head of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, as well as his former deputy Richard Ledgett.

The interviews could be conducted this week, the paper added.

The turnaround to investigate the president came shortly after Trump briefly fired James Comey on May 9 as head of the FBI, the Post said.

Mueller, a reputed former FBI director, handles the hypothesis of a possible effort by Trump to obstruct the action of justice in the investigation, the paper said.

Citing officials, the newspaper said that one of Mueller’s concerns is an exchange that took place on May 22, when Coats told his colleagues that Trump had asked him to intervene so that Comey would stop investigating his former adviser Security officer Mike Flynn as part of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference.

A few days after that meeting on 22 May, Trump spoke separately with Coats and Rogers and asked them to make public statements stating that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign team and Russia.

The president denies that there has been collusion between him or one of his relatives and Russia during the campaign.

Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz said in a statement that the FBI was behind the Post’s report and called the leak “outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.” However, he did not deny the story.

Mueller told senators on Wednesday about his work.

“I have to admit we had a meeting with special prosecutor Mueller, but I’m not going to talk about the content,” Democrat Mark Warner, a Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters.

Republican leader Ryan calls on Trump to let special prosecutor work for Russia
Republican leader Ryan calls on Trump to let special prosecutor work for Russia
Republican Party head Ronna McDaniel dismissed the Post’s allegations as unfounded and said “they do not change anything.”

“There is still no evidence of obstruction, and current and former leaders of the intelligence community have repeatedly said that there have been no efforts to impede the investigation in any way.

“The continued illegal leaks are the only crime committed here”, McDaniel said in a statement.

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