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Trump Under Investigation for Possible Obstruction of Justice, Report Says

17 June 2017

Comey had told Congress that the FBI was investigating possible links between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government, which USA intelligence agencies accuse of hacking the Democratic National Committee's emails past year in a bid to influence the election against Hillary Clinton.

Trump appeared to be a responding to a Washington Post report that special prosecutor Robert Mueller "is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said".

As part of the probe, Mueller is interviewing senior intelligence officials and looking for proof of any financial crimes possibly committed by Trump's associates, The Post reported, citing U.S. officials.

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Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, Rogers' former deputy will be interviewed by Mueller's investigators, perhaps as early as this week, the article said.

Mueller's office has also asked the National Security Agency (NSA) for documents related to its interactions with the administration as part of the probe into Russian meddling and possible collusion with Trump campaign officials, The New York Times reported.

Then, according to Entous's sources ("officials" familiar with Coats's description of what happened), Trump "started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey's handling of it". He then asked Coats "if he could intervene" with Comey "to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe". But Comey was unwilling go state that publicly, citing the fact that the investigation was ongoing and the circumstances could change.

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Recent reports have said Trump also requested help from Coats and Rogers to pressure Comey to end the investigation into Flynn's activities. Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

But in his testimony to the US Senate select committee on intelligence on Thursday, Comey accused Donald Trump of lying on several occasions, adding that he didn't feel safe being in the same room as him alone.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to reveal what he and Trump have discussed when it came to the Russian Federation probe or on the decision to fire Comey. White House officials said the president is not considering such a step. Congress, however, could review the information and determine whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings, The Post reported. But Trump did not do so in advance of Sessions' testimony.

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Trump Under Investigation for Possible Obstruction of Justice, Report Says