Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice

Melinda Barton | 20 June, 2017, 02:35

Rosenstein took over the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because he was a Trump campaign surrogate.

Witnesses at the Senate hearing are to include the acting director of the Department of Homeland Security's intelligence and analysis cyber division, the assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division and state elections officials.

Although USA Today also noted that the tweet came shortly after a Washington Post report that Mueller's team is also investigating Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's business dealings.

Comey told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his testimony last Thursday that the memos he prepared documenting communications with Trump were not classified. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence also has retained a private attorney for the Russian Federation probes, according to a Pence spokesman.

A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was "unavoidable" given testimony by former FBI director James Comey, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe.

Trump's latest tweets suggested that the raging conflict within the American ruling class-spawned by differences over foreign policy, in relation to the Syrian war but more generally involving US-Russian relations-could be reaching a new point of explosion.

The FBI will not release memos written by former director James Comey on his interactions with President Trump because they're part of a "pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding".

Trump may be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in a memo to Trump raised concerns over Comey's performance.

This move toward possible obstruction charges by Mueller "marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin", wrote reporters at the Post. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. "Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe was a "witch hunt".

Trump demonstrated Friday morning that the Russian Federation probe continues to consume his attention, tweeting a stream of messages decrying the controversy. "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!" As the pressure mounts, Trump is defending himself on social media. "I can go around them".

If Trump follows through on what it looks like he wants to do, he will set off a constitutional crisis the likes of which hasn't been seen in more than four decades. He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.

Yesterday new reports were that the role of the Trump family and its assciates in money laundering have been added to the list of investigations.

Comey told Congress last week that before being sacked, Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn, who was forced to quit for lying about his links to Moscow. Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.