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The Russia investigation has finally reached the Oval Office

The Russia investigation has finally reached the Oval Office”

Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.

Pres. Trump says being investigated by "man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives, who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning, "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".

FBI Director James Comey was abruptly fired by the president on May 9, and Mueller was appointed special counsel by the Justice Department to continue an independent investigation.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump.

Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top USA federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller's team who spoke on condition of anonymity.

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it. "It is in everybody's best interests if we let him do his job".

Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said. That is basic given that Comey's sworn declaration [VIDEO] with respect to the weight put on him by Trump to leave off an examination concerning Michael Flynn runs counter to Trump's affirmations about their discussions.

A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", he said.



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