Russia Investigation Now Involves the President
Russia investigation has now become more serious for President Donald Trump. The president told NBC’s Lester Holt, about a month ago, “I know I’m not under investigation.” However, the bombshell was dropped yesterday when special counsel Bob Mueller’s team reported that there is an investigation as to whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russia case, according to The Washington Post.
Investigation Came About Following Comey Firing
According to The Post, “Trump had received private assurances from then FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.” President Trump wasted no time by responding in Tweets, one came at 3:55 AM today, “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. Nice.” The president followed this with another tweet at 4:57 AM, “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people.”
Following Comey’s firing, the administration offered different reasons for his dismissal. Trump later contradicted his own staff by saying that on May 11 he had the Russia issue in mind when he fired Comey.
A source familiar with the Mueller investigation said that examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was “unavoidable” given Comey’s testimony, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe. Even so, this indicates that Mueller’s investigation is extending beyond questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Earlier this week Chris Ruddy, a friend of Trump’s, offered the possibility that Trump would fire Mueller. Several of Trump’s team advised against this action.
Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz told Mark Corallo a spokesman for the attorney, this about Mueller’s obstruction of justice, “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.”