The Justice Department's special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election is now also reportedly examining whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
First of all, last month, Entous and Nakashima reported that Trump had urged Coats and Rogers "to publicly deny the existence of any evidence" of collusion between his team and Russian Federation - but Coats and Rogers refused to do it.
"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", Trump tweeted. "Nice", the president wrote on Twitter.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". It was not known whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of the information.
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The New York Times corroborated the report, citing a person briefed on the investigation.
"I look forward to this matter concluding quickly". The five told the American newspaper that three senior U.S. intelligence officials are ready to appear in front of Special Consul Mueller and provide testimony in the matter. Moreover, investigators are now "looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates", according to the report.
Mueller was hired by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, just eight days after Trump fired Comey. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat.
Sessions called the matter an "appalling" set of lies, but he also refused to reveal contents of conversations he had with Trump that could have shed light on whether Trump meant to obstruct justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey.
"You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice". During that testimony, Comey also revealed that he had leaked a memo containing his notes from a February 14 meeting with Trump.
"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct". The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.