Trump probed for obstruction of Justice – June 15 2017

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On the 15th june it was reported by the US media that President Donald Trump was being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice.

Robert Mueller Former Director of the FBI and Special Counsel overseeing the special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential election cartoon caricature APT

They say senior intelligence officials will be interviewed on whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser, and about the firing of FBI chief James Comey.

Mr Trump tweeted that investigation is “phony story”.

Mr Mueller is leading an FBI inquiry into Russian meddling in the election.

President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia. On Thursday, he described the ongoing inquiry as a “witch hunt” that was “led by some very bad and conflicted people”.

Donald Trump quote - As the phony Russian witch hunt continues. Caricature APT

The Washington Post says the decision by Mr Mueller to investigate President Trump’s own conduct is a major turning point in the investigation, which until recently focused on the Russian angle.

Why is the president being investigated?

The obstruction of justice investigation began just days after President Trump fired former Director of the FBI, James Comey on 9 May –

Comey, who had been leading one of several Russia inquiries, testified to Congress last week that Trump had pressured him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn –

James Comey Quotes from testimony to Senate Intelligence Committee 08 06 17 Cartoon APT

Mr Flynn was sacked in February for failing to reveal the extent of his contacts with Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington –

Comey testified under oath that Mr Trump had told him during a private meeting: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Mr Comey had testified he was “sure” Mr Mueller was looking at whether Mr Trump had obstructed justice.

For more information on why Trump fired Comey –

Why did trump fire FBI Director James Comey caricature APT

How has Trump responded?

Trump tweeted early on Thursday morning, saying: “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.”

Donald Trump quote - They made up a phony collusion with the Russians. Caricature APT

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Mr Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, said: “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.”

Mr Trump has repeatedly railed against leaks from the FBI, saying this is the important story, not alleged collusion with Russia, which he has dismissed as “fake news”.

Donald Trump quote - Russia talk is fake news put out by the Dems. Caricature APT

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