Published: Thu, June 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President Trump 'investigated over possible obstruction of justice'

The special counsel investigating Russian meddling in last year's presidential election has reportedly expanded the probe and is examining whether President Trump obstructed justice.

Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

At a hearing last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether they were asked by Trump to help impede an FBI investigation and suggested any response in a closed hearing would require consultations with White House lawyers on whether executive privilege should be invoked.

Mueller was seeking to question Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, head of the National Security Agency Michael Rogers and former NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett, the report said.

Aides to President Donald Trump are becoming frustrated his own actions have led to a reported investigation of him for obstruction of justice, The Daily Beast reported.

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The Post reported that Mueller and his team are interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump's role.

The move by Robert Mueller to investigate Trump is a major turning point in the hotly contested FBI investigation.

The White House clarification has come amidst reports that Trump is contemplating firing Mueller. But Comey was unwilling to state that publicly, citing the fact that the investigation was ongoing and the circumstances could change.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mr. Mueller, declined to comment.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

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Comey said he believed Mueller would look into Trump for obstruction of justice.

The Fox News host then shifted the discussion to the "actual crimes and actual collusion", all that don't involve President Trump, but do involve Comey, Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Hillary Clinton.

Comey had previously assured Trump he was not under investigation. The story was published Wednesday, just in time for the president's 71st birthday.

Officials told the Post that investigators were interested in a March 22 conservation during which Trump allegedly pulled Coats aside and discussed the Russian Federation investigation. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy and it's unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

Trump faces obstruction probe
Justice Department policy is that a sitting president can not be indicted by a grand jury, the Post also reported Wednesday . However, a finding of wrongdoing would likely be left to Congress to consider whether it warranted criminal impeachment.

"There is no case for obstruction of justice". The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

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