United States President Donald Trump blasted what he called a “phony story” that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice by a special counsel probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible collusion with his campaign.
“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice,” Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a “witch hunt.”
The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported yesterday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.
Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told Congress last week he believed Trump fired him in May to undermine the agency’s Russia investigation.
Mueller was named by Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein eight days after Comey’s dismissal to lead the Russia investigation as a special counsel, a position created to conduct investigations when a normal Justice Department probe would present a conflict of interest or in other extraordinary circumstances.
A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the Post report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was “unavoidable” given Comey’s testimony, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe. Reuters