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Robert Mueller investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice

15 Juin 2017

The obstruction of justice investigation into Mr Trump began days after Mr Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey affirmed that he previously told Trump he was not personally being investigated in the FBI's counterintelligence probe.

Mueller is seeking to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers, according to the people, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Former United States attorney Barbara McQuade, who served under the Barack Obama administration, told the Daily Beast if Trump fired Mueller "and it could be shown that his goal was to impede the investigation, it could be additional evidence of obstruction of justice".

The Washington Post story prompted a furious reaction from Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the story.

The investigation into ties between President Trump's campaign and the Russian government has now turned to investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The White House has said Donald Trump "has no intention" of sacking the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel's top Democrat, didn't provide any details on the meeting, and said in a statement they "look forward to future engagements" with Mueller.

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For most of this year, we now know, President Donald Trump's repeated insistence that he wasn't under investigation in the Russian Federation scandal was in fact true.

Comey told senators on June 8 that Trump's shifting explanations for dismissing him were "lies, plain and simple".

It's not true anymore, according to a new report by the Washington Post.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named Mueller as special counsel in mid-May as allegations swirled that the Department of Justice couldn't handle the probe in an unbiased way.

At last week's hearing, Comey suggested that he believed Trump was plausibly guilty of obstruction of justice.

Many expected that Mueller would at some point turn to the topic of whether the president obstructed justice.

A spokesman for the DNI declined to comment to CNN.

There were claims earlier this week that Mr Trump was also considering "terminating" Mr Mueller.

Robert Mueller investigating Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice