More leaks to the WaPo, probably from Comey or a surrogate, which is also insurance against Mueller being fired.
“The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said….
“The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. ‘The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,’ said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.”
Undoubtedly illegal, but also of longstanding practice in official, establishment D.C. and now a prime weapon against the anti-establishment President Trump. Who will almost certainly be found by a grand jury to have obstructed justice in firing Comey. Since presidents aren’t indicted, impeachment will be next.
Via The WaPo.
UPDATE: Trump doesn’t need to fire Mueller, says Greg Jarrett of Fox News. He can merely point out the conflict of interest with Comey, the star witness to obstruction, and demand Mueller resign. Staying would violate a DOJ statute ordering investigators with personal ties to witnesses to bow out. Moreover Rosenstein, the Asst. AG who appointed Mueller, can’t be involved in an obstruction investigation because he wrote the memo urging the president to fire Comey. Conflicts all over the place.