Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

This new tentacle of the year-long FBI investigation, now being handled by Mueller, unfolded days after FBI Director James Comey was sacked by Trump on May 9.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has widened the Russian Federation probe and is examining whether President Trump obstructed justice, the Washington Post has found. Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the NSA's recently departed deputy director, have agreed to meet with Mueller's investigators as early as next week. Mueller, and an investigative team, are interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of the probe, which now includes Trump's possible attempt to obstruct justice.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

The three have agreed to appear voluntarily and the Post also reports that Daniel Coats once told his associates that President Trump had asked him to lean on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and get the agency to back off Michael Flynn.

Reports that Trump was considering firing Mueller surfaced last week, again citing unnamed sources.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

Comey also testified that Trump asked him to publicly announce that he was not personally under investigation, and that Trump asked for loyalty during a dinner in late January.

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Comey also suggested another factor in his termination was his declining to lift what Trump, during private phone conversations, described as the "cloud" of the bureau's Russian Federation probe hanging over his presidency that was making it hard for him to govern.

Remember when the President of Turkey came to Washington to visit Trump, and his goons beat the crap out of American protesters on American soil? Rosenstein was acting, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from acting in the Russia investigation after it was revealed he had held two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the November 8, 2016 election.

But in a statement issued shortly after the Post report, a spokesman for Kasowitz, Mark Corallo, said: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The White House now refers all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to answer whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation. When the briefing ended, as The Post previously reported, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

"Chris was speaking for himself and did not speak to the president", a White House official told Roll Call in an email late Monday.

However, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Tuesday that he believed only he could fire Mueller - and said that if he received an order to do so without "good cause", he'd refuse to carry it out.

  • Alfonso Moody