The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice. The special counsel has witness testimony and physical evidence to weigh when evaluating if Trump obstructed justice.
Trump took to his Twitter account Thursday morning to denounce the report.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating whether Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The three officials the Post says Mueller is interviewing are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the recently retired deputy NSA director. He wrote in multiple social media posts that he views Mueller - a long-serving former Federal Bureau of Investigation director respected by both parties - as leading a biased probe with the singular aim of dislodging Trump. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.
Trump caused an uproar when he fired Comey on 9 May. Comey testified that Sessions just nodded when Comey asked the AG to be sure he wasn't left alone with the president again. "This process is opaque and it's created to be so in order to provide Mueller with the decision space to do his investigation, and to try to figure out what the proper course of action should be".
Despite suggestions by a Trump friend in a television interview that the president was weighing dismissing Mueller as special counsel, the White House declared late Tuesday that there was no such plan. He also said that while he "pushed back" against Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict of 2014, he couldn't remember if he brought up "Russia-related security issues" with Kislyak.
The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.
The attorney general confirmed elements of Comey's dramatic testimony before the same panel last week while disputing others.
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Trump didn't answer a question Friday about whether he had recorded his conversations with Comey. "No collusion. The ex-FBI boss led one of several Russian Federation inquiries before he was sacked.
Less than a week following his sworn testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, voters trust former FBI Director James Comey more than President Donald Trump, according to a new poll. But the Post reports that the focus is also shifting to Trump himself.
Investigators will also look for any statements the president may have made publicly and privately to people outside the government about his reasons for firing Comey and his concerns about the Russian Federation probe and other related investigations, people familiar with the matter said.
During his opening statement, Sessions addressed the committee's concerns about his contacts with Russian officials during his involvement in President Trump's campaign, as well as new reports of an alleged third, undisclosed meeting with a Russian diplomat.
A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer in the Russian Federation matter, Marc Kasowitz, said, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". In an interview, Trump told NBC's Lester Holt: "I was going to fire Comey... regardless of recommendation..."
"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House deputy press secretary, said in a press briefing aboard Air Force One on Tuesday evening.
But there's another way to read what the president is trying to say.
Mueller investigation's appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.