The Senate intelligence committee is allegedly not probing into the claims that President Trump obstructed justice with the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s former associate’s connection with Russian officials. This will leave the obstruction investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller.
During a meeting with Mueller and leaders of the Senate, it was determined that they would avoid looking into Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice and focus on Russia interfering with the elections instead. Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr told CNN the following:
“Obstruction is criminal — there’s a criminal aspect to that. It’s never been part of our investigation.”
These reports also come on the heels of the Senate intelligence committee’s grilling of various key officials such as the Director of National Intelligence, the National Security Agency Director, and the Attorney General. The officials were asked about Trump’s connection to Russia and the criminal probe into Michael Flynn.
The Senate Judiciary committee also plans to investigate if there was interference into the FBI’s investigation. Panel chairman, Chuck Grassley, also noted that he hasn’t ruled out investigating obstruction of the justice Senator Grassely was asked about how he felt about the decision and he said:
“I think I better wait until I get done with my conversations with Feinstein before I answer that question.”
Senator Dianne Feinstein who is the ranking Democrat on the panel has requested the committee continue its work in investigating obstruction.