Trump was so anxious to get a concession from James Comey that he was NOT under investigation, that he recited in his letter firing Comey, THREE TIMES, that Comey told him he was not under investigation. Comey confirmed in his testimony before the Senate that Trump was NOT under investigation for obstruction of justice at the time Comey was involved in the investigation of the Russian interference with the 2016 election.
Now, in an ironic twist of events, it is reported by the Washington Post, that Trump is NOW under investigation by special counsel, Robert Mueller , for obstruction of justice. The news comes as Trump’s friend Chris Ruddy floated the possibility that Trump might fire Mueller.
Not surprisingly, Trump couldn’t wait to vent on Twitter. Early this morning Trump responded to the news that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice. Trump tweeted:
“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.”
The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, on Wednesday reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
Trump then tweeted that Americans are witnessing “the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history” — a statement he previously made when Mueller was initially appointed as a special prosecutor.
When the president fired Comey on Tuesday, the White House released a memofrom deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein that criticised Comey for mishandling last year’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Press secretary Sean Spicer claimed it was this memo that prompted Trump to remove Comey, a position backed by vice-president Mike Pence on Wednesday. Pence said in an interview with CNN that Trump had “made a decision to accept the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and the attorney general to remove Director Comey.”
Yet in a NBC interview, Trump said of Comey:
“He’s a showboat, he’s a grandstander, the FBI has been in turmoil. You know that, I know that. Everybody knows that. You take a look at the FBI a year ago, it was in virtual turmoil, less than a year ago. It hasn’t recovered from that.”
Thus Trump gave conflicting reports from those of his own press secretary and Vice President. Additionally the acting head of the FBI, after Comey was fired, Andrew McCabe contradicted Trump. He testified that Comey enjoyed broad support among its staff . He said:
“I can tell you I worked very, very closely [with Comey] from the time we started at the Washington field office,” he said. “I hold Director Comey in the highest regard for his considerable abilities and his integrity. It is the greatest honour of my professional life to have worked with him. He enjoyed broad support in the FBI and he still does to this day … the vast majority of FBI staff enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey.”
That was a direct contradiction of Trump’s assertion that Comey he had lost the confidence of the FBI rank and file. Thus it is totally predictable that the single act of firing Comey may be enough to justify an obstruction of justice charge.
Let the “witch hunt begin.”