US President investigated for potential obstruction of justice

US President investigated for potential obstruction of justice

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Donald Trump is being investigated for potential obstruction of justice by the special counsel pursuing possible links of Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential elections, reports The Washington Post.

Special prosecutor, Robert S. Mueller is expanding the ongoing investigation, indicating that he will continue to pursue this case. According to The New York Times, Mr. Mueller has requested interviews with three high-ranking current and former intelligence officials.

Among them, the Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, head of the National Security Agency (N.S.A.), Adm. Michael S. Rogers, and former N.S.A. deputy director, Richard Ledgett.

There is no evidence against the officials of any particular involvement with Trump’s campaign. Yet, recent reports indicate there might have been an exchange between the president with Mr. Coats, in an attempt to persuade former FBI director James Comey to halt investigations into, former National Security officer, Mr. Flynn, writes The Guardian.

According to The Washington Post, Trump allegedly asked both Dan Coats and Adm. Michael Rogers, to issue statements denying evidence that his 2016 campaign had any connections to Russia. They both declined.

James Comey testified under oath to Congress on 8 June, recalling a private conversation with Trump saying, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” writes The Guardian.

Since then, Trump said Comey’s statements under oath “weren’t true”, and that he was willing to testify before Congress.

According to Time magazine, fellow Republicans have recently pressed Trump to “come clean” on whether he was in possession of the tapes with former FBI Director James Comey, and to provide them to Congress. If the president refuses he might face a subpoena, as the investigation into Russian interference or obstruction of justice extended to a Trump Cabinet member.

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