By Veronica Mackey
The Washington Post reported late on Wednesday that President Donald Trump is now under investigation in the Senate probe on Russian meddling in the U.S. election. Robert Mueller, Special Counsel in the investigation, said the president is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.
Questions about possible obstruction by the president arose last week when former FBI Director James Comey testified that Trump indicated he wanted him to drop the investigation of former national security advisor Gen. Michael Flynn. Trump later fired Comey.
According to Comey, the president pulled him aside and said, “I hope you can let this go.”
Comey also testified that he told Trump that he was not personally under investigation. However, Trump’s comments to Comey about dropping the investigation on Flynn, after asking members of his staff to clear the room, raised Mueller’s suspicions.
Earlier reports that the president was considering firing Mueller, who has not yet testified to the Senate, have been put to rest by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein said he is the only person who could fire Mueller, and would only fire him for “good cause.”
A statement from the White House condemned the leak, calling it “outrageous” and “illegal.”
Meanwhile, Politico reports that nearly 200 House and Senate Democrats plan to sue the president, claiming he is breaking the law by refusing to relinquish ownership of his real estate, while it continues to profit from business with foreign governments.
All of this, by the way, happened on Wednesday, June 14th, President Trump’s 71st birthday.