Trump Officially Under Investigation For Obstruction of Justice

Via the Washington Post, President Donald Trump now officially on the hot seat:

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

The move by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s own conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

Trump had received private assurances from former FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.

This can’t be called unexpected, since FBI Director James Comey’s revelations about his final meetings with President Trump before being fired very plainly told a story consistent with the crime of obstruction of justice. Comey’s firing only further confirms Trump’s intentions, which Trump was in turn quite happy to confirm to Russian diplomats shortly afterward.

In short, it would be much harder to explain after all this why Trump shouldn’t be personally under investigation than why he is.

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    Happy birthday, Two Scoops!!!!

  2. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Dio, I thought you were kidding. 

    It is his birthday.

    Muller: Happy Birthday, Mr. President. I got you something. 

    Trump: An indictment! You shouldn't have, Bob. You really shouldn't have.

  3. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Aaanndd… another one!  Happy Birthday, TwoScoops!

     

  4. itlduso says:

    From my posting on May 27.  Check off Article I:

    Time to play America's fastest growing game:  Name Those Articles of Impeachment!

    Here is my list.  How many do you have?

    Article I.  Obstruction of justice.  (see: Comey firing, et al.)

    Article II. Espionage.  Including covert communications with a hostile foreign adversary.

    Article III. Money laundering.  What did happen with that Cypress bank?  How did Trump and Kushner avoid bankruptcy?

    Article IV.  Tax evasion.  See # III above.

    Article V. Security clearance fraud.  (a felony punishable up to a five year sentence).  How many undisclosed meetings with the Russians does it take to revoke Kushner's clearance?

    Article VI.  Failure to execute the office of the presidency.  Trump has already recklessly disclosed top secrets to the Russians in the Oval Office that outed intelligence assets within ISIS established by the Israelis, and 2) Disclosed to dictator Dueterte the location of two US nuclear subs.

    – See more at: http://www.coloradopols.com/my-comments#sthash.FSZUHbLt.dpuf

  5. Andrew Carnegie says:

    Boy if the Washington Post says it is true, it must be so.

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      Or, in your case, if Der Sturmer said it, it must be true.

    • ParkHill says:

      Just to follow you through the looking glass: If Trump says it's true it isn't? 

      Your difficulty is that Donnie has actually admitted obstruction of justice. He said multiple times that he fired Comey in order to put an end to this "Russian thing":

      …what is so mind-boggling is that the case isn’t even really a he said, he said dispute. How do we know the President fired Comey because of the Russia investigation? He said so on national television! And he said something similar the day before, on May 10th, only this time in a private setting.

      On May 19th, the Times reported a White House memorandum summarizing Sergei Lavrov’s meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office. In that meeting President Trump said “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

      The one additional part of the WaPo article is broad and vague but in its own way represents the most peril for the President and his entourage. At one point the article reads: “Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump’s orbit, people familiar with the probe said. The investigation is examining possible contacts with Russian operatives as well as any suspicious financial activity related to those individuals.” Earlier in the piece, there’s this: “Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.”

    • FrankUnderwood says:

      They did call it correctly in 1972. Or are you one of those good party shills who still insists that Nixon was framed?  

    • spaceman65 says:

      Yeah, AC, and now what do you say?

       

  6. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Lamborn wishes Trump a happy birthday. And I hope this image comes back to haunt him. Ye backed the wrong horsie, Dougie me boyo.

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