President Trump is under investigation for possibly obstructing justice into the official probe examining Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, the Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.
Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is now the special counsel leading the investigation, is interviewing senior intelligence officials about conversations Trump reportedly had with them where he asked them if they could intervene in the Russia probe, the Post said.
Trump, of course, also reportedly demanded loyalty from then-FBI director James Comey; complained about the “cloud” the Russia probe was leaving over his administration; and reportedly told Russian officials that firing Comey had eased the “great pressure” that was on him. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is also reportedly under investigation.
The Post wrote that the investigation into Trump began shortly after he fired Comey. Before then, Comey had assured him he was not under investigation; that state of affairs has clearly ended.
“The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president,” the Post wrote. “Instead, experts say the onus would be on Congress to review any findings of criminal misconduct and then decide whether to initiate impeachment proceedings.”
In a statement to the paper, a spokesman for Trump’s personal lawyer decried the leak of information about the probe, but did not address the specific allegations.
The report landed on the same day as Trump’s 71st birthday.