Report says, special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction
According to the latest report by The Washington Post, the Russian interference in the 2016 election about whether President Donald Trump is engaged in obstruction of justice has called up for the special counsel for investigation. The investigation marks a turning point in the nearly year-old investigation which was led by Federal Bureau of Investigation. The daily reported on Wednesday that the investigation is said to be done by special counsel Robert Mueller which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there is any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The investigation of the President began days after firing of Comey on May 9 as told by the source with the knowledge of the development. The work has been shifted to the Mueller’s office. The preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.
The search for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates have been started. FBI Director James B Comey privately assured Trump in January that he was not personally under investigation but it changed soon after Comey’s firing.
A lot of people like Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI, the sources told The Washington Post. The NSA said in a statement that it will “fully cooperate with the special counsel" and declined to comment further. The office of the director of national intelligence and Ledgett has not responded”.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, responded saying, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal." Comey testified last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he gave a detailed account of his conversations with the president, whom he said asked him for his "loyalty" and insinuated that his job as FBI chief might depend on providing such a pledge.
Mueller served in FBI for 12 years and was Comey's predecessor in the post. He has the confidence of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. The crime of obstruction of justice could lead to a move to impeach Trump in Congress, something that some Democratic lawmakers have called for, provided that the unfolding facts prove that to be warranted.