Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the Justice Department to probe the Russia matter, is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump or his campaign had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin.
Sekulow concluded that the president can’t be investigated for obstruction of justice, because he had full authority to fire Comey – something the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director himself pointed out in his testimony.
Conway on Monday told Fox & Friends that nobody has told Trump that he’s under investigation, and instead, Trump’s tweet last week was a response to “a Washington Post report that included five anonymous sources”.
“He’s not afraid of the investigation”.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, said on Sunday he believes there is evidence of both collusion and obstruction stemming from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, “but I’m not prepared to say that there’s proof you could take to a jury”. “Mueller’s going to do his job“. Federal investigators are in uncharted legal territory, working on a probe that touches sitting government officials and that has already prompted the recusal of an attorney general considered overly close to the current administration.
Shortly after Comey was terminated from his position, Trump hinted in a tweet that their conversations may have been recorded and that Comey should therefore avoid leaking to the press.
Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions points to signs of possible obstruction by Trump that warrant further investigation. Let me clear. The President’s not under investigation.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on Fox News Sunday that it would be a “disaster” for Trump to fire Mueller or Rosenstein, or to nudge the latter to recuse himself in an effort to slow down the investigation.
Trump insists his campaign had nothing to do with Russian efforts to undermine credibility in the US election.
“My question is this, do you think that Bob Mueller is looking at the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing?”
If the Post story turns out to be real news, what we will have is an investigation of an impossible crime being conducted by a special counsel who is burdened by severe conflicts and supervised by another conflicted official. The statement seemed to represent a not-so-subtle shot at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but it also seemed to confirm the underlying story.
Years before Twitter, the nation tittered at President Bill Clinton’s response on whether a prior denial of a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky was a lie.
“Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer”, Trump said.
The two leaders of the panel have both been frustrated that key witnesses have testified before the Senate intelligence committee – rather than their panel – and both have warned that Comey in particular could face a subpoena if he does not agree to testify before Judiciary.
This is, however, a tough sell, in part because multiple major news organizations have confirmed that the president is in fact being investigated for obstruction of justice, and in part because of phrases such as “I am being investigated” and “He’s being investigated” don’t lend themselves to nuanced interpretations. First, President Trump was never under investigation by the FBI for colluding with Russian Federation.