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Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice

US President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports, citing unidentified officials.

President Trump tweeted Thursday that since there's no evidence of collusion in the Russian Federation case yet, investigators are trying to "go for" obstruction of justice.

Adam Entous is one of the reporters who broke the Washington Post story that the FBI has (supposedly) opened a criminal investigation into the president and is now interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of that probe.

The New York Times reported that none of the men were involved in the Trump campaign, indicating that interviews with them would not be about possible Russian meddling in the election but about whether Trump asked for their help to convince former FBI director James Comey to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"Sekulow quoted for Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey as saying, "'We do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information.' No, they're not holding press conferences - they're just leaking internal information if it happens to 'The Washington Post, '" Sekulow said. The special counsel's pursuit of an obstruction of justice probe was first reported Wednesday by the Washington Post.

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

Following Mr. Comey's blockbuster appearance before Congress, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows 68 per cent of Americans are at least moderately concerned about the possibility that Mr. Trump or his campaign associates had inappropriate ties to Russian Federation. "The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here".

News that Mueller was investigating Trump came the same day as the revelation that the Senate Judiciary Committee was opening an investigation into Comey's firing.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation. "Nice", Trump tweeted early Thursday. He said he was untroubled by claims Trump tried to persuade Comey to back off the investigation, saying those revelations only emerged after Comey was sacked and wanted to defend himself.

Mr Trump said when he dismissed Mr Comey on May 9 that the reason was the former FBI chief's handling of the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", according to the letter. (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 objective of defeating his Democratic opponent.



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