Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

Tammy Harvey
June 16, 2017

UPDATE - 8:19 a.m. EST: Trump wasn't done tweeting yet, seeing as he's reminding Twitter that the investigation is a "witch hunt".

Donald Trump derided claims of collusion between Moscow and his associates as "phony" Thursday after reports the head of a probe into Russia's alleged election meddling is investigating him for obstructing justice.

Trump can not directly dismiss Mueller. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy made the comments on the eve of testimony at the Senate Intelligence Committee by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Trump-Russia probe.

Trump is not the first president to be subjected to a special counsel investigation, nor the first president to protest it.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the US election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year", he said.

Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, warned Trump that dismissing Mueller would ultimately be futile, saying "Don't waste your time".

"Let me give you a little bit of insight from inside the West Wing right now", Ryan said.

Because Sessions had recused himself from the Russia investigation over his connection to Trump's campaign and his undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador, it was Rosenstein's decision to appoint a special counsel to lead the investigation.


He told Woodruff he thinks firing Mueller "would be a very significant mistake, even though I don't think there's a justification. for a special counsel".

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 12, 2017, during a ceremony honoring the 2016 NCAA Football National Champions Clemson University Tigers.

The president previously said that fired FBI Director James Comey assured him in private conversation that he was not under investigation.

But after the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey last week, Gingrich said he'd changed his mind. When asked about the interview by CNN, Ruddy said: "My quote is accurate".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer later insisted that "Mr". Rosenstein responded: "No I have not".

A few days after the March 22 meeting, Trump spoke separately with Coats and Rogers and asked them to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.

Sekulow had said he was "not going to speculate" on whether Trump might remove Mueller but added he "can't imagine the issue is going to arise". "We are not in a position to comment further".

Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said simply: "Chris speaks for himself".

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