Donald Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice
Five weeks after Trump’s sudden firing of James Comey, that action is coming back to haunt Trump and the White House as the president is now being investigated orf obstruction of justice. The report came quietly but abruptly from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was brought to Capitol Hill shortly after Comey was fired in order to fill in for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions recused himself from the investigation due to his own ties to Russia, leading the Deputy Attorney General to bring on Robert Mueller to investigate any wrongdoing by Trump and members of his administration relating to connections with Russia.
After Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, Trump and many Republicans were happy and pointing to the fact that Comey said President Trump himself was not the subject of any criminal investigation relating to colluding with Russia in order to compromise the Clinton campaign. However, many members of the professional legal community warned that Trump’s firing of Comey could definitely be perceived as obstruction of justice, and now, that is why Trump is under investigation.
According to news outlets, Mueller, in trying to obtain useful information about the past actions of the Trump administration, has recently reached out to NSA Director Mike Rogers, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. All three men have agreed to voluntarily be interviewed on the subject of the question of obstruction of justice.
Similarly to how Trump had the authority to invoke executive privlege over Comey in order to prevent him from testifying before the Senate, Trump could also invoke executive privelege in order to block the release of informative documents, but a move like that would almot certainly be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Trump has also reportedly considered firing Mueller, but the entirety of his White House cabinet and staff heavily advised against it. Additionally, even if Trump did decide to fire Mueller, he would have go through Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
This course of action has been very troubling for White House staff, analysts, and policymakers who are currently worried about the nature of Trump’s true involvement with Russia.