Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

The Journal's report also confirms the Washington Post and New York Times reports that Trump is now being investigated for potential obstruction of justice by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, has allegedly broadened the FBI's investigation to include the US President.

Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment to the Washington Post.

Former FBI Director James Comey suggested in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that Mueller would consider whether a crime was committed when Trump allegedly told him "I hope you can let this go", referring to the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Obstruction issues emerged during a February 14 meeting in the Oval Office, when the president told Comey he hoped his disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn would elude criminal prosecution.

The NSA said in a statement that the "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".

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If the special counsel found evidence of obstruction of justice, the Justice Department would likely not indict the president, according to longstanding precedent.

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

Sessions' testimony came in the wake of fired FBI Director Comey's assertion that he believed he was sacked by Trump as part of an effort to influence the agencies' investigation into Russia's meddling in the presidential polls. Mr. Trump has denied making that request. The now former FBI Director failed to reveal that information publicly while he was still in his position.

"I don't think it's necessary for us to meet (again)", Burr said. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", Comey told the committee. When the briefing ended, as The Post previously reported, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Comey said he believes the president fired him because of the Russian Federation investigation.

Recent reports have found Mueller is hiring investigators familiar with prosecuting corruption cases.

Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 12 years and was Comey's predecessor in the post, has the confidence of both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

  • Zachary Reyes