If only the Trump Administration could move past the drama and focus on getting the economy rolling…
In a development that potentially has widespread economic concerns, on Wednesday, the Washington Post has reported citing anonymous sources that U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice.
The development comes in the wake of the former director of the FBI, James Comey tell Congress last week that he believes he was fired from his job by Trump in order to undermine the agency’s probe in the role played by Russia in the 2016 U.S. elections.
Mueller is investigating those allegations along with the angle that Russia possibly colluded with the Trump campaign.
The Washington Post’s report had cited five sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence and Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency have all agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week.
According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, the additional angle of obstruction of justice against Trump came up after he fired Comey on May 9.
On Wednesday, Trump’s legal team was quick to denounce the report.
“The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team.
A spokesman for Mueller’s team declined to comment.
As per several legal experts, with Comey testifying that Trump had demanded loyalty and had told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide, could bolster the allegations of obstruction of justice.
During his testimony last week, when asked whether he thought Trump sought to obstruct justice, Comey had said it would be up to special counsel Mueller “to sort that out.”
Although it is unlikely that a sitting president will face criminal prosecution, however the charge of obstruction of justice could form the basis for his impeachment.
Such a step would however face a steep barrier since it would require approval by the House of Representatives, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans.