Pres. Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election has widened, The Washington Post reported, citing officials.

People familiar with the matter told the Post that the obstruction of justice probe started in the wake of Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told NPR's Carrie Johnson, "We'll decline to comment".

The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee say In a statement issued Wednesday that they "look forward to future engagements" with Robert Mueller.

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Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the Post story and called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

According to the Post, it did change after Trump fired Comey.

The president is nonetheless angered by the investigation, which he has described as a "witch hunt", The New York Times reported.

If Trump instructs Rosenstein to dump Mueller, it would evoke memories of 1973, when the two top Justice Department officials, Elliott Richardson and Bill Ruckelshaus, resigned rather than obey President Richard Nixon's order to fire Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor conducting the Watergate investigation.

Notably, Comey, in his carefully-worded statement, had also said that Trump's personal conduct - whether with regards to possible collusion with Russian Federation or possible obstruction of justice - was not under investigation while he was at the helm of the FBI.

President Donald Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports explosively Wednesday evening.

Mueller met with Sens. That showed that Trump is not one to be impeded by political protocol - Comey's 10-year term wasn't set to expire until 2023. "I will defend the integrity of that investigation".

Chatter surfaced earlier this week that the president was considering firing Mueller.

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke with reporters not long after the hearing and said the president was able to watch parts of it. This rhetoric has become common within the administration - in the past, Trump has repeatedly claimed that "the real story" is "illegal leaks coming out of Washington", even as pretty serious allegations are made against him.

Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates.

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor. 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.

Chairman Chuck Grassley has emerged as an aggressive force, pressing for Comey's written notes of his conversations with Trump and leaving the door open Tuesday to a possible obstruction of justice probe.

BARRETT: Well, it's longstanding Justice Department policy that a sitting president can not be indicted by a grand jury.

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