Officials announced that President Donald Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s decision to investigate Trump’s conduct regarding possible Russia collusion was a major development in the Russia saga, with investigators reportedly looking for evidence of possible financial crimes committed by Trump associates.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, denounced the investigation in a statement to The Washington Post.
“The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” the statement read. The White House previously announced that it would refer all questions regarding the Russia investigation to Kasowitz.
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The NSA said that it would “fully cooperate with the special counsel” but declined any further comment.
Trump, Fortune reported, responded to the investigation on Twitter.
“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,” the president tweeted.
The investigation came after former FBI Director James Comey testified in a hearing that Trump tried to get him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.
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“I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense,” Comey testified.
Comey also stated his belief that he was fired because of the Russia investigation.
“I was fired, in some way, to change -- or the endeavor was to change the way the Russia investigation was being conducted.”
Many readers questioned Mueller’s appointment after the announcement was made.
“I don't see how Mueller could have agreed to the job since he is a close personal friend of Comey and I don't see how he could appoint members of his group who were heavy donors to the Clinton campaign,” one Washington Post reader commented.
Another reader wrote a rather lengthy response:
The chief of the national security agency, admiral mike rogers, may soon want to hire his own attorney to advise him ... when he boldly declared before the senate committee last week that he was never asked by trump (or by others around trump) to do anything that rogers considered unethical, illegal, immoral, or improper, he may have perjured himself, if in fact it turns out that his conversations with trump (which he declined to reveal) involved any suggestion by trump that the nsa get involved to derail the fbi's investigation into the disgraced michael flynn ... of course, that remains to be seen ... by contrast, director of national intelligence dan coats more judiciously simply declined to answer questions from the senators about his conversations with trump.