Mueller investigating Trump for possible obstruction

DAVID MUIR: And while Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying on Capitol Hill, President Trump was on a road trip to talk about jobs in this country, but following him to Wisconsin, this question tonight: Is the President now considering firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller who is now overseeing the Russian Federation investigation?

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

Just weeks ago, Gingrich had heaped praise on Mueller, hailing him as a "superb choice" for special counsel whose reputation was "impeccable for honesty and integrity".

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

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein offered assurances to lawmakers on Tuesday that he is exclusively responsible for Mueller's fate since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Until now, Mueller had drawn widespread praise from Republicans and Democrats alike.

He also told lawmakers that Trump was not personally the target of an investigation while he was still the head of the FBI.

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Even as leading Republican legislators Tuesday waved off the idea of firing Mueller, expressions of discontent with Mueller have bubbled up nonetheless. 'Seems unlikely, in other words, that Mueller would let slip any hot details about his quest to loose-lipped "officials" who might turn around and leak to the media.

Mueller has wide authority to look into matters related to Russian election meddling, including collusion with Trump operatives, financial links between Trump and Russia and whether the president tried to obstruct the inquiry.

Anxiety about the probe - and fresh concerns about the political leanings of some of the attorneys involved - is percolating in the West Wing of the White House.

CECILIA VEGA: In the White House today, President Trump ignoring the question.

The White House declined to comment, referring questions to Kasowitz.

Mr Trump's legal team has denied the report.

He also interviewed Mueller for the role of Federal Bureau of Investigation director before he was appointed special counsel.

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Mueller is interviewing as early as this week three top intelligence officials as part of the probe, the Post reported, citing "five people briefed on the requests". The interview was first reported by PBS.

Neither Trump nor Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered public support for Mueller. "The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here".

Recent reports have found Mueller is hiring investigators familiar with prosecuting corruption cases.

The Post said Mr Mueller believes the issue he he is examining was more than just a "he said, he said" dispute between the President and Mr Comey.

When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked Rosenstein if Mueller could be "terminated without cause", Rosenstein said "yes". Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct".

Former FBI director is too close to his successor, James Comey, to be impartial.

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Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".

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