The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigation into Russia intervening in the American election process has come full circle to the White House. The Post states that President Trump is now under investigation by Special counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in that investigation causing obstruction of justice. The investigation, which is almost a year old, has stretched out and now could encompass the Trump administration.
The reports also state that Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers. The interviews represent a widening of the probe to include a query into whether the President obstructed justice in suggesting to members of his staff, such as FBI Director James Comey, that the investigation into Russia’s role in the election be dropped. Trump has stated, time and time again, the Russian acts on the presidential election is fake news and made up by Democrats to explain their losses.
The Post also reports that retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett will be interviewed as it has been found that he also wrote memos regarding the President’s behavior in asking NSA Director Rogers to let the investigation go. Allegedly the President asked Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russia investigation.
The President responded to the allegations in typical fashion, taking to 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,” Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a “witch hunt.” Sources tell that the obstruction charges stem from PresidentTrump firing Director Comey. In an interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt, Trump admitted he fired the FBI Director over the Russian investigation.
“You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,” Trump stated in the interview in May. Continuing Trump said, “it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.” Trump has publicly dismissed the allegations in the investigation as “fake news” and asked when “this taxpayer funded charade” will “end.” The investigation of obstruction comes right from Trump’s own words and actions.