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Trump 'investigated for obstruction of justice' in Russia probe

15 Juin 2017

President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, USA media reports say.

The unnamed officials told the newspaper the obstruction of justice investigation began just days after President Trump fired former FBI director James Comey on 9 May.

In a pivotal shift in the investigation that has riveted Americans like no other in decades, senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, the Post said.

It is believed that allegations of Trump's obstruction of justice relate to his attempts to encourage Comey to drop an investigation into Mike Flynn, who was forced to resign as Trump's national security adviser earlier this year.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, released a statement in response to the Post story condemning the outflow of information about the investigation. A highly regarded Justice Department careerist, he tapped Mueller - infuriating Trump - after the White House tried to pin the Comey firing on him.

BARRETT: It's probably a lesser understood part of this set of investigations that as they look at various people who were associates of the president both as president and when he was a candidate, they have also been looking at the finances of those folks.

Robert Mueller - a former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation himself - was appointed in May as special counsel to investigate the alleged Trump-Russia links.

Although initially, the white house claimed the director's termination was due to his inadequate handling of Hillary Clinton's emails investigation during the elections which reportedly had a huge effect on the outcome, however Trump later contradicted his staff's statements.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Mr Trump's legal team quickly denounced the story.

Comey had confirmed during a congressional testimony in March that the FBI was investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, which included possible collusion between the country and Trump associates. Devlin Barrett is one of The Post reporters on the story and joins us now.

Investigators have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, according to the source.

However, the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that Ruddy "never spoke with President regarding this issue".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey and his Russian contacts during the campaign.

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.

Trump 'investigated for obstruction of justice' in Russia probe