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Trump reportedly under investigation for obstruction of justice in Russian Federation probe

Trump reportedly under investigation for obstruction of justice in Russian Federation probe”

WASHINGTON (AP) - The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, it has been reported.

The former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a long-time supporter of Mr. Trump's, said in a tweet on Monday that it was time to "rethink" Mr. Mueller's ability to be fair.

Last month's appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation enraged President Trump. The New York Times later reported Mueller is seeking interviews with three high-ranking foreign intelligence officials.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post cited anonymous sources who said Special Counsel Robert Meuller was investigating whether Trump sought to obstruct justice in connection to the probe. The Post also notes that Mueller has collected Comey's memos - in which he recounted that Trump demanded his "loyalty" and pressed him to drop the Flynn probe - as part of his own investigation.

The sit-downs could come as early as this week, the Post said. After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so".

Moscow has denied United States intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in last year's USA presidential election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

Comey told Trump, "I loved my work and meant to stay and serve out my 10-year term as director".

A spokesman for Trump's private attorney declined to respond to details of the widening probe Wednesday, instead slamming the leaked information as "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The White House noted in a statement last month that FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe testified that "there has been no effort to impede our investigation to date". (That doesn't mean they won't do exactly that, of course.) We are now talking about the President of the United States being investigated for possibly obstructing justice in relation to a criminal probe about a foreign government meddling in our elections for the goal of defeating his Democratic opponent.

"I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

Finally, we know that Mueller's investigators are also looking for "any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates", as the Post phrased it.

Mueller's friendship with Comey and Mueller's selection of several investigators who have made campaign donations to Democrats are among the issues Gingrich is raising as problematic.

President Donald Trump is telling his Twitter followers that they are witnessing the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American history". It was not known whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of the information. The National Law Journal reported on June 9 that Mueller has brought Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben onto the team on a part-time basis.

Trump's reference to the Russian Federation probe as a reason for firing Comey bothers Linda Richardson, 62 - but not enough to second-guess his decision. It is unclear whether McCabe, Comey's successor, has informed Trump of the change in the scope of the probe.



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