While many within the political spectrum have guessed that President Trump may be under investigation for obstruction of justice following his firing of James Comey on May 9, there hasn’t been much evidence of such an investigation to date. This evening all of that has changed as the Washington Post has just confirmed with multiple sources close to the investigation that special counsel Robert Mueller is officially investigating the President for obstruction of justice, in addition to his investigation into Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign.
A total of five individuals, speaking on the condition of anonymity, have told the Washington Post that shortly after Comey’s firing on the 9th of May, officials had begun looking into whether or not President Trump obstructed justice. Robert Mueller has reportedly scheduled interviews for later this week with the current director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats, head of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, and Rogers’s departed deputy, Richard Ledgett. In addition to these three individuals, numerous other are also likely scheduled to be interviewed by Mueller as well.
“The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s personal attorney, Mark Kasowitz.
According to sources close to the matter, the Mueller investigation is now split into three separate branches, one examining possible Russia/Trump campaign collusion during the 2016 election, one for possible obstruction of justice on the part of the President, and one for possible financial crimes committed by associates of the President and perhaps even the President himself.
Clearly these investigations are moving rapidly, begging some to question if Trump may actually decide to halt them by firing Mueller. Such a move would certainly shed doubt on Trump’s innocence. While it is true that James Comey had told the President that he was not under investigation back in April during their last conversation, we are told that a lot has changed behind the scenes since then.