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Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

President Trump now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, WAPO reports


Sessions said it would be "inappropriate" for him to reveal private conversations with Trump when the president "has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer".

Trump promised to release his taxes once elected but still refuses to do so. In general, it is impermissible to ask prospective government hires about their political leanings, including whether they've made donations.

Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.

More concerning was the source's allegation Trump "was pleased by the ambiguity of his position on Mr. Mueller, and thinks the possibility of being fired will focus the veteran prosecutor on delivering what the president desires most: a blanket public exoneration".

Sessions is now the only Trump official on the record, under oath, countering Comey's testimony last week under oath.

Sessions' testimony came days after fired FBI Director James Comey testified that he believed he was sacked as part of an effort to influence the agencies investigation into Russian meddling.

None of the arrows are pointing in the right direction for the president on this.

"Let me state this clearly, colleagues. I'm not talking about anything else", Trump added. Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

Apparently so - at least until he was sacked.

In particular, Sessions tamped down Comey's recounting of the February 14 meeting Comey had with Trump - where Trump reportedly asked him stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. "And I'm not able to be rushed this fast, it makes me nervous". Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey said he took that unusual step after Trump challenged his account of their conversation in a May 12 tweet: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Following the hearing, 37 percent of registered voters said Comey's firing was appropriate, compared with 33 percent who said the same in late May.

Committee chairman Richard Burr, and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel's top Democrat, did not provide any other details, but an aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries did not interfere with one another.

Consider that paragraph. And consider we are less than 150 days into Trump's presidency and this - an investigation by a special counsel who also happens to be the former FBI director - is where he finds himself. "You're impeding this investigation".

"And now we know ..."

The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, "marks a major turning point in the almost 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", The Washington Post reported. That cut off lines of inquiry about the exact circumstances surrounding Comey's firing, what may have happened in the February 14 Oval Office meeting in which Sessions was asked to leave so Trump could speak one-on-one with Comey, as well as Trump's reaction to Sessions' recusal.

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