Just half a day after word surfaced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in fact investigating Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in relation to his firing of FBI Director James Comey, supporting evidence of that obstruction has surfaced from yet another corner. Trump tried and failed to use the National Security Agency to obstruct the investigation as well.
After Comey publicly announced that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign and Russia, Donald Trump asked NSA Director Mike Rogers to interfere with the FBI’s investigation. Rogers refused, and his deputy Director Rick Ledgett documented the incident in a memo (link). This helps to corroborate Comey’s version of events, in which he states that Trump pressured him to let Michael Flynn off the hook in the Russia investigation. Trump has since publicly admitted that he fired Comey in the hope of derailing the Russia investigation.
Meanwhile Donald Trump is now resorting to an angry Twitter rant, seemingly aimed at Robert Mueller and those in politics who support his investigation: “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. You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!”
But as Congressman Adam Schiff pointed out in response (link), Trump is unlikely to find support for his latest rant: “If you are calling Bob Mueller a “very bad person,” no Member of Congress agrees with you. Has faithfully served Presidents of both parties.”
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report