According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump is now officially under investigation by the special counsel Bob Mueller for obstruction of justice.
The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.
In other words, Trump wasn’t under investigation before he fired James Comey, but he got so mad at James Comey for not telling the world that he wasn’t under investigation that he terminated Comey’s employment, and now he is under investigation. Dummy.
A few details to note in the Post article:
— DNI Dan Coats, Head of the National Security Agency Admiral Rogers, and Rogers’ former deputy at the NSA, Richard Ledgett, have all agreed to testify next week. Ledgett retired in February after 40 years of service.
— According to sources, Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo were asked, like James Comey before them, to stay behind and talk to the President after others left the room. Trump reportedly asked them to intervene with Comey and the FBI investigation.
— Coats and Rogers also received a telephone call from Trump, who asked them to put the kibosh on the investigation. Richard Ledgett documented the call in a memo.
— Mueller is also investigating those outside of the government to find out what Trump told them about his reasons for firing Comey.
— There is more to this case than a “‘he said, he said’ dispute between the president and the fired FBI director.”
— Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz has responded, releasing a statement: “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.” The Washington Post never says that the information came from the FBI. This statement, however, seems to confirm that Trump is, indeed, under investigation.
— Donald Trump, Jr. is hinting that Mueller should be fired for leaking information to the Post. There is no indication this information came from the Mueller.