Three times Comey told Trump that he was not under any personal investigation of him colluding with Russia, but shortly after Trump fired Comey, the president himself has set himself up to be investigated. Trump took to twitter to say, “They made up a phony collusion with the Russian story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.” Robert Mueller and his team, who are overseeing the Department of Justice Russia investigation are looking to see if Trump indeed obstructed justice. One of the main reasons for the investigation was Trump’s firing of Comey in which he was outspoken about firing him for  Comey’s Russian investigation. Trump was annoyed and said that it was making it harder to run the country with the investigation on his back, he later called Comey a “nut job.”

To add to the fire, other high-ranking administration officials have declined under oath in open testimony to provide more details about whether Trump asked them in any way to influence Comey of the investigation. The White House has also been inconsistent in its message about Comey’s firing, initially saying it was because Trump took the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Session and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey’s management of the FBI and his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Comey testified in public that Trump had urged him to pull back on the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a claim that Trump has denied. The Washington Post also reported that Trump had asked Rogers and Coats to push back against the FBI’s investigation. News spread this week that Trump was considering firing Robert Mueller, but the White House said that “while the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so.” Firing Mueller would only prove that Trump is indeed hiding something.

 

[NPR]