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Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction

15 Juin 2017

Robert Mueller, who is carrying out a probe into potential Russian interference in the USA election, is to interview senior intelligence bosses, according to the Washington Post.

James Comey, the former FBI Director overseeing the Russian Federation probe until Trump abruptly fired him, had told President Trump that he himself was not under investigation.

In response to the report, Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal attorney Marc Kasowitz, said: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The three officials the Post says Mueller is interviewing are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the recently retired deputy NSA director.

That changed after Mr Comey was sacked last month, claim five officials who spoke anonymously to the Washington Post. Instead, experts say the onus would be on Congress to review any findings of criminal misconduct and then decide whether to initiate impeachment proceedings.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Trump has been emphatic in denying any connection to the 2016 election meddling that the USA intelligence community says Russian Federation was behind.

The stated focus has been Russia's alleged efforts to tilt last November's presidential election Trump's way, and whether the winner's campaign was involved in any way. When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing - and he was therefore "not at liberty to talk about that now". 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. Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the Trump campaign in February, a move that also provoked Trump's ire. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders publicly said they thought the investigation should be allowed to run its course, and that firing the special counsel would be a mistake.

The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller. "But that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense".

He also testified he had told the President in January he was not personally under investigation. The president has accused Comey of lying about those encounters.

Republican lawmakers seized on Comey's testimony to point out Trump wasn't in the FBI's crosshairs when Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation.