Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice
The Washington Post, citing officials, reported Wednesday night that Robert Mueller, the special counsel now overseeing the investigation is looking at Trump’s conduct.
The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president’s own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9. That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller — himself a former FBI director — as special counsel the following week.
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.” —Washington Post
The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller’s dismissal.
Rosenstein told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee Tuesday that he saw no cause for Mueller’s dismissal. “Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation,” Rosenstein said
“I appointed him; I stand by that decision,’’ he said. “I will defend the integrity of that investigation.”
The White House has made no comment on this and is referring questions to Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz.