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'Trump under probe for obstructing justice'

19 June 2017

In another tweet, Mr Trump said: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

The investigation began soon after the dismissal in May of the director of the FBI, James Comey, who was conducting an investigation into alleged links between the members of Trump's election headquarters and Russian Federation.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to reveal what he and Trump have discussed about the Russian Federation probe or the decision to fire Comey.

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The Washington Post has said Mueller was seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials not involved in Trump's campaign: Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director, the AP said. Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense.

Trump denied Comey's allegations and said he would be willing to go under oath to give his version of their interactions.

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he chose to dismiss him. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over Comey, and later appointed Mueller as special counsel. "#MAGA", Trump tweeted later on Thursday morning.

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Recently, Comey made a startling revelation, accusing the White House of "lies".

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said in her statement. Sessions cited the policy of the Justice Department, but also said that he did not want to limit Trump's ability to invoke executive privilege.

The second, the source continued, is whether any potential offences were committed, Mr Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them.

Until recently the investigation was focused exclusively on Russia's meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

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