Trump `investigated for obstruction of justice´ in Russia probe

Sen. Richard Burr R-N.C. right chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and Vice Chairman Mark Warner D-Va. left listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role

The three have agreed to appear voluntarily and the Post also reports that Daniel Coats once told his associates that President Trump had asked him to lean on the Federal Bureau of Investigation and get the agency to back off Michael Flynn.

The paper says that Mr Mueller could interview key figures about possible obstruction by the President as early as next week.

President Donald Trump is reportedly being investigated by the special counsel for possible obstruction of justice.

Trump said in May that China may have hacked the emails of Democratic officials to meddle with the election, offering no evidence and countering the view of intelligence officials.

The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal. The development, revealed in today's Washington Post, is the first time the president has been personally linked with the near year-long inquiry.

National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers was on the Hill Monday for a similar closed-door briefing with Senate Russia investigators on whether he was pressured by Trump.

Mr Comey told a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation", being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller. 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.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, said such a move would "be the last straw" for many in Congress and would have "echoes of Watergate", when President Richard Nixon dismissed special prosecutor Archibald Cox over Cox's subpoenas for White House tapes.

After Mr Comey's testimony, Mr Trump said he had been vindicated because it was confirmed he had been told on three occasions that he was not under investigation.

On President Trump's birthday, the Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller may be investing whether the president attempted to obstruct justice over the course of the FBI's Russian interference investigation.

Following the Washington Post report Wednesday, Trump's legal team denounced the media leak, calling it "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", according to Reuters. Executive privilege - an unwritten rule that allows the president to keep certain information a secret - doesn't apply to criminal investigations. Christopher Ruddy, a longtime Trump ally, added, "I think he's weighing that option".

The White House declined to comment, referring questions to Kasowitz.

Comey did not say whether he thought Trump's actions constituted an obstruction of justice, but said he was "sure" Mueller would investigate it.

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