Former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday would not say whether President Trump was guilty of obstruction of justice but said the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, would look into it.
âI don't think itâs for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards to try to understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense,â Comey said during his testimony.
Shortly after Comeyâs prepared remarks were released on Wednesday, Trumpâs lawyer said it confirmed private reports that the President was not under investigation in the Russian probe. The remarks also confirmed that President Trump had been informed three times that he was not âpersonallyâ under investigation.
Former FBI Assistant Director Danny Coulson said while this is still the case, Bob Mueller will move quickly in getting to the bottom of this.
âHe is tenacious, heâs tough, heâs not a lot of fun to be around but I will tell you heâs as good as it gets when it comes to getting to the bottom of a complicated and serious issue like thatâwe know the answer to that. Right now the answer is, heâs not under investigation and has not been,â Coulson told the FOX Business Networkâs Neil Cavuto.
Coulson, who has worked with Mueller, said he will work with the same agents who initially handled the case.
âBob Mueller will not let it go on and on. He will investigate as long as there is something there to investigate and when itâs over heâll close it,â he said. âI would say it will probably take three months or so.â