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President Trump 'investigated over possible obstruction of justice'

15 Juin 2017

"Deputy Rosenstein's letter dealt with a number of things", he continued, "When Mr. Comey declined the Clinton prosecution that was really a usurpation of the authority of the federal prosecutors in the Department of Justice. And I'm not going to speculate on what he will or will not do", Sekulow said.

The former Republican U.S. senator from Alabama, one of Trump's most avid supporters on the campaign trail, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January he had no dealings with Kremlin officials previous year. He insisted that he never knew anything about the Russian Federation probe or had any role in it. The White House has denied any collusion with Moscow.

A committee source confirmed Wednesday that Coats would testify in a closed session.

"Why don't you tell me?"

In his testimony, Sessions told Sen. "This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it".

The sources, billed as familiar with Mueller's thinking, say the special counsel now views the matter as more than a simple "he said-he said" situation.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself". He said he would agree to dismiss Mueller only if there were a legitimate basis to do so.

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

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Stewart, who saw portions of the hearing and read most of the transcript that was available Tuesday evening, said he considered Sessions' responses appropriate in not discussing his conversations with Trump.

Kislyak was actually present at Trump's first big foreign policy speech as a candidate - at a Washington, D.C., hotel and hosted by a think tank known to advocate pro-Russian views. He then asked Coats "if he could intervene" with Comey "to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe". Nevertheless, the Post story is a blockbuster, if only because it should silence the Trump camp's long-held insistence that the president has never been personally under investigation for wrongdoing.

If Mueller is probing Comey's account, however, it's significant that Sessions essentially corroborated Comey's state of mind after that private conversation with President Trump.

Trump and Sessions were unconcerned - are unconcerned - about it because if they admit that the Russians hacked into our election systems and tried in several ways to undermine the legitimacy of the election and spread fake news, they fear that it puts his electoral victory at risk. But he did allow for the possibility that he encountered the ambassador in a reception that was attended by a couple-dozen people, although he said he had no specific recollection of that.

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

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller.

Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said. Senator Franken, I'm not aware of any of those activities.

President Trump 'investigated over possible obstruction of justice'