President Trump now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, WAPO reports

Lucy Hill
June 16, 2017

That report makes clear that three senior intelligence officers - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and and former NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett - are being interviewed this week by special counsel Bob Mueller as he looks into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russian Federation case.

President Trump has "no intention" of firing the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, a senior spokeswoman for Trump told reporters traveling with the president Tuesday.

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign.

The White House has said Donald Trump "has no intention" of sacking the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

'The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, ' spokesman Mark Corallo said.

Said Ryan: "I know Bob Mueller".

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.

Mr Mueller is overseeing an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling the 2016 United States election and any Trump links to it.

"Director Mueller is going to have the full independence he needs to conduct that investigation, " Rosenstein said.

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Since being appointed special counsel in May, Mueller has built a team of formidable legal minds who've worked on everything from Watergate to Enron.

The Washington Post said obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter.

Under current Justice Department regulations, firing Mr Mueller would have to be done by attorney general Jeff Sessions' deputy Mr Rosenstein, not the president, though those regulations could theoretically be set aside.

Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel", Chris Ruddy told "PBS NewsHour" on Monday.

"I don't think it's necessary for us to meet (again)", Burr said.

Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, the reported quoted officials, as saying.

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller", the California lawmaker tweeted.

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