Mr Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russian Federation matter, is now examining whether Mr Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. After Mueller was appointed last month, Trump tweeted: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".
While FBI Director James Comey told President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not personally under investigation for colluding with Russians in the 2016 election, that's NOT necessarily the case anymore.
"His concern was, because we're looking at the potential - again, that's the subject of the investigation - coordination between the campaign and Russian Federation, because it was President Trump - President-elect Trump's campaign, this person's view was, inevitably, his behavior, his conduct will fall within the scope of that work", Comey said.
Reports in United States media said senior intelligence officials would be interviewed on whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and about the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.
The second, the source continued, is whether if any potential offences were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", he said. Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.
The president also slammed the reports Thursday morning.
First Brexit talks to focus on British expats and 'divorce bill'
It had been suggested the start of negotiations could be delayed by the failure of any party to win a House of Commons majority at last week's General Election.
On Thursday afternoon, Trump sent two tweets attacking his former opponent.
The new allegations against Trump centre on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help in altering the inquiry's direction.
A Trump friend said Monday the president was considering dismissing Mueller though the White House later said he had no plans to do so. Trump conceded in an interview after the episode that he was thinking about the Russian Federation controversy when he made that decision. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter - Crooked H referring to Mrs Clinton.
He said that the President told him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mr Comey testified under oath that Mr Trump had told him during a private meeting: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".
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