While many of the questions special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to President Donald Trump focused on obstruction of justice by the president, others had to do with the president’s relationship with Russia.
The New York Times reported Sunday that many administration officials sought specifics about the meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, one senior official said. The president refused, leaving even the top State Department aides confused. It has become one of many concerns investigators have looked into as the probe continues.
According to the Times, Mueller asked Trump if he had discussions with Putin at any point during the campaign or if he spoke about sanctions to anyone. Trump didn’t answer any of the questions about obstruction but when it came to questions about Putin, Trump did answer.
Since it was revealed the FBI began investigating whether Trump was a Russian asset, the president’s defenders have defended him over the top law enforcement.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News he intends to ask FBI director Christopher Wray if the investigation is real or “fake news.”
Graham decided there should be greater checks and balances to prevent any investigation like the ones described in the Times and Post. Yet, that’s exactly what the top law enforcement agency is tasked with doing.
“I find it astonishing, and to me, it tells me a lot about the people running the FBI,” Graham said. “I don’t trust them as far as I throw them.”