Obstruction of Justice? Former Federal Prosecutors Weigh In On Trump

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

In addition to requesting Comey testify, Whitehouse, Graham, Feinstein and Grassley sent a letter to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe asking for any Comey memos from his Russian Federation and Clinton investigations that detail his talks with top Trump and Obama administration officials, including Trump, former President Barack Obama, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump will be meeting later Wednesday with Lieberman, former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating, FBI acting director Andrew McCabe and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official.

As overwhelmed White House staff struggled to explain Trump's decision to tell Lavrov about a specific Islamic State bomb threat gleaned by Israeli intelligence, the New York Times dropped another bombshell. The official said the moment was calm and oddly refreshing after weeks of chaos surrounding the probes. The G.O.P. -led investigations on Capitol Hill haven't done much thus far, and some Republicans may be tempted to use the appointment of a special counsel as an excuse to maintain the slow pace, or to go even slower.

"My decision [to appoint a special counsel] is not the finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted".

Rosenstein learned about Trump's plan on May 8, Durbin said. Mueller has been named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. So poor in fact that, I believe - and you'd have to ask him, because I don't like to speak for other people - but I believe that's why the deputy attorney general went out and wrote his very, very strong letter", Trump said. "The President made that determination and both the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General reached the same conclusion". He was appointed Federal Bureau of Investigation director in 2001 and led the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks.

The White House denied the report, and released a statement saying "the president has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

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Rosenstein appointed Mueller under a statute used in 1999, when John C. Danforth was appointed to investigate allegations of government wrongdoing in the siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. The law firm confirmed Mueller's resignation Wednesday evening.

"I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability", he said in a statement.

The existence of the memo, which was reportedly written by Mr Comey himself, suggests that Mr Trump had attempted to influence investigations into his associates and Russian Federation.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requested the documents be delivered by May 24 and said he would subpoena the information if necessary. "Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted". "I used to be able to text and call him on it".

Some Democrats are screaming "impeachment" and "special prosecutor" when no one has yet publicly put his or her name to any substantial charge.

But Ms May said she remained confident, highlighting the need to co-operate with the USA and other allies to counter the security threats posed by Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

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