Mueller Has Now 'Substantiated Claims' Made by James Comey About Trump: Report
A New York Times report released late Thursday reveals that special counsel Robert Mueller has "substantiated claims that Mr. Comey made in a series of memos describing troubling interactions with the president before he was fired in May."
The stunning report also claims that a deputy White House lawyer deliberately misled President Donald Trump about his ability to fire Comey, out of fear the president would imperil his own presidency. Stephen Vladeck, a law professor with the University of Texas School of Law, said the "extraordinary" episode did not have any historical parallel of which he was aware.
According to the Times, legal experts believe the case is stronger for obstruction of justice than for collusion. But they pointed to the challenge in charging a president for corrupt intent, because the office comes with such broad authority, including over officials' employment.
The report also explains how Trump viewed it Attorney General Jeff Sessions' job to defend him against allegations and expressed jealousy about the relationship between President Barack Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder.
Trump is said to have instructed the top White House lawyer to stop Sessions from recusing himself from the Russia investigation. Sessions refused to comply with the president's demand.