Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Donald Trump faces investigation for possible obstruction of justice


President Donald Trump on Thursday morning once again dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "phony story" and blasted federal investigators as "bad and conflicted people" after a report said special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - as special counsel the following week. The move suggests he is examining whether the president sought their help in trying to get James Comey, the former FBI director, to end an investigation into Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.

The pair of tweets come one day after the Washington Post reported that Mueller's Russian Federation probe has been expanded to include potential crimes committed by the president.

Members of Trump's national security team, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and head of the National Security Agency Adm. Mike Rogers, are set to speak with Mueller soon.

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The New York Times corroborated the report, citing a person briefed on the investigation.

The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee say in a statement issued Wednesday that they "look forward to future engagements" with Robert Mueller.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested interviews from three current and former intelligence officials, a former senior intelligence official familiar with the discussions confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.

Trump had previously been promised by former director of the FBI, James Comey, that he was not personally under investigation, but circumstances have changed following the decision to fire Comey last month.

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Last week the White House began referring all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel shortly after Comey's firing.

"The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations", Grassley wrote to his Democratic counterpart, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California.

Both men refused the president's request, the Post said.

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Mrs Feinstein has said the judiciary committee should investigate, but had asked Mr Grassley to keep the investigations separate. Critics - including Democrats - as well as some experts have said the president in firing Comey could have opened himself up to charges of obstruction of justice.

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