According to the Washington Post, Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is now looking into whether Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice.
After Trump decided to fire FBI Director James Comey last month, Trump said that Comey had assured him he was not personally under FBI investigation. That has since changed, according to the Post.
Soon after Comey’s firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the FBI’s probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 election, which began last summer.
From The Post:
The obstruction of justice investigation into the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller’s office has now taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.
The interviews suggest Mueller sees the attempted obstruction of justice question as more than just a “he said, he said” dispute between the president and the fired FBI director, an official said.
That investigation focused mainly on Trump and his associates’ ties to Moscow, as well as the Kremlin’s role in mounting a hacking and influence campaign to swing the presidential race in Trump’s favor.
Questions about whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice have swirled amid revelations that he asked Comey in February to end the FBi’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has responded:
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 14, 2017