Trump dismisses obstruction of justice probe as 'phony story'

Trump dismisses obstruction of justice probe as 'phony story'

Trump dismisses obstruction of justice probe as 'phony story'

"Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

Trump has faced numerous allegations of the offence since his inauguration in January, and calls for him to be investigated increased following testimony to the Senate intelligence committee last week by sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Mueller is also probing whether Trump himself obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey on May 9, according to the Washington Post.

Mueller's office has reached out to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and recently retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett.

The Post cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.

Donald Trump investigated for possible obstruction of justice
The emergence of the obstruction of justice inquiry may make it harder for Trump to have Mueller removed. The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

Already Mr Mueller's team have begun scheduling interviews with intelligence officials indicating his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

The situation changed, the Post reported, after Trump fired Comey.

While it is unknown if there are tapes, a new report of a memo from a former NSA official documents Trump's attempts to influence the NSA and interfere in the Russian Federation investigation.

"I've talked with Director Mueller about this", Rosenstein told AP.

Trump has responded to reports that the special counsel is investigating him for possible obstruction of justice.

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Under oath last week, Comey testified to Congress that in a meeting with Trump, he was told by the president: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go". That is just the information that is publicly known.

Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

While the Justice Department appointed Mueller to investigate Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election - and any "collusion" with the Trump campaign - his assignment also includes "any matters that arose or may arise" from the Russia probe.

After Mr Comey's testimony, Mr Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Mr Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation.

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The case for obstruction of justice isn't Comey versus Trump.

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