The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed officials. "The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI".
Kasowitz's spokesman, seizing on the most important aspect of this development, told the Post that it was "outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal" that anyone was leaking "information regarding the president".
The NSA said in a statement that it would cooperate with Mueller's investigation, but did not comment further.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, as he testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts dur.
"I know I was sacked because of something about the way I was conducting the Russian Federation investigation, was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he chose to fire me because of that", Comey said in his June 8 testimony.
When asked whether he thought Trump had obstructed justice, Comey told West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, "I don't know". He also denied that he asked Comey to utter a loyalty pledge during a private Oval Office meeting before which he asked officials, including Sessions and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser, to leave the room.
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He's been building a team of investigators for a wide-ranging inquiry into Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential campaign.
He also said Comey should have shared his concerns about the Trump conversation with another Justice Department official, Dana Boente, who was then acting deputy attorney general, and would have been Comey's direct supervisor.
Trump and his supporters cast Comey's testimony that he had told the president he was not personally under investigation as vindication.
The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators. Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday.
"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.
Last week, Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee that Trump suggested to him to drop the FBI's probe of former aide Michael Flynn, whom he called a "good man".