Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mr Mueller. In doing so, he asked a purely hypothetical question, created to allow Sessions to paint a picture of himself as a morally rigid, independent figure.

Asked about Trump's own contention that the president fired Comey with the Russian Federation probe in mind, and regardless of any recommendation from anyone else, Sessions said: "I guess I'll just have to let his words speak for themselves".

Mr Comey, who had been leading one of several Russian Federation inquiries, testified to Congress last week that Mr Trump had pressured him to drop the inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Both Comey and Sessions agree that Comey had been left alone with the President, and that he expressed his concerns about it to the Attorney General. Though just over half of Americans say they disapprove of Trump's firing of Comey, the number grows to 79 per cent among Democrats.

"They're essentially talking about the same subject, but Comey was candid, forthright, and answered all the questions" and volunteered to answer classified questions in a closed session, said David Cole, a national security legal expert and legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

"I am not stonewalling", Sessions replied, saying he was simply following Justice Department policy not to discuss confidential communications with the president. Even if the president finds this confusing, someone from Trump World has probably told him that going after the special counsel, as some of his allies have recommended, would put his presidency in even more severe jeopardy.

But this is exactly backward.

For Sandra Younger, a 50-year-old from San Diego, Comey's exit reinforced her suspicion "something fishy" was going on with the president and Russian Federation.

Moscow has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in last year's USA presidential election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

Wyden asked Sessions what problematic issues existed.

Sessions did not invoke "executive privilege". But Sessions said he had no recollection of that.

The second, the official continued, is into whether if any potential offences were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them. Within days of Comey's ouster, investigators began looking into Trump for obstruction of justice, The Post reported.

Heinrich noted that appropriateness was "not a legal standard".

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations. This was the implication of questions from Democratic senators at Tuesday's Senate Intelligence committee hearing regarding a previously undisclosed meeting of Sessions and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. And Trump wanted the public to know that, which isn't an unreasonable desire given that the Russian Federation storyline has cast a pall over the administration. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI. "And when asked I said that to the president".

The ex-FBI chief, James Comey, last week outlined awkward meetings with Trump and said the President made him uncomfortable discussing the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Jeff Sessions did exactly what he needed to do Tuesday - help himself in the eyes of his boss, President Trump, and, in turn, help Trump. He said he couldn't "recall" 18 times.

Yet when Sessions had appeared before the Senate for his confirmation hearings, he had given at least one answer that proved to be inaccurate.

That's fine, but his failure to immediately halt the conversation is evidence of the same bad judgment he showed in the Clinton matter, which clearly impacted the election. They wanted a "fresh start", Sessions said. "I was taken aback", he said, with an air of wounded courtliness. "He dealt with him every day when Comey was deputy attorney general".

"I guess you feel like you just need to trust your president", said Richardson, a retiree from Meade County, Ky.

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