Trump Is Now Under Investigation for Obstruction of Justice

The Justice Department’s investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner’s multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign’s 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner’s own contacts with Russians, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to challenge the credibility of a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Trump has continued to condemn it and, earlier this week signaled that he might fire Mueller, a move that political observers – including some Trump loyalists – say would only make things worse for the president.In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel to lead the probe.These witnesses are likely to provide an account not unlike Comey’s in which the president wanted them to interfere with Comey’s Russian Federation investigation.Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.Trump did not directly address the allegations he obstructed justice – a potentially impeachable offense – neither did he deny he has entered the miniscule ranks of sitting presidents who have become the subject of a criminal investigation.Senate Republicans were surprised Thursday Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he was launching an investigation into James Comey’s firing.In a new tweet, Pres. Trump appears to confirm he’s under investigation for obstruction of justice.Comey, who was sacked on May 9, told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump dismissed him to undermine the FBI’s Russian Federation probe.”Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?”In his afternoon tweets, Trump picked up on that argument.”I think I better wait until I get done with my conversations with Feinstein before I answer that question”, Grassley said when asked if the committee would look into obstruction.President Donald Trump walks with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto Miami. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice. Cohen has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence panel doing its own Russian Federation investigation.Earlier this week, a close friend of the president’s indicated Trump is considering firing Mueller.Trump has said he is “100 per cent” willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director. Grassley’s office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey’s interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.