CNN sues Justice Department for copies of Comey memos

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Mr Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the direction of the inquiry.

Mr Trump's 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".

An hour later, Trump was back at it, calling the investigation the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". According to the New York Times, Trump "thinks the possibility of being fired will focus [Mueller] on delivering what the president desires most: a blank public exoneration".

A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll shows.

Grassley on Tuesday stopped short of ruling out establishing a congressional investigation into the question of whether Trump obstructed justice. He declined to say whether he thought Trump sought to obstruct justice, saying that would be up to Mueller to sort out.

Supporters of Trump condemned the news leaks regarding the new investigation.

Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key administration figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mr Rosenstein and possibly Mr Trump himself, the source told Reuters.

Trump's tweets are the latest - and most direct - attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who labeled it "very unsafe".

Trump said he fired Comey for poor performance, though he ealso reportedly told a group of Russian officials that the Comey dismissal would help get the Russia probe behind him.

Comey testified before a Senate panel last week that Trump spoke privately with him several times, including by telephone and at White House meetings. And there are Republicans on Capitol Hill, especially on the intelligence committees, who believe - who are anxious that the big question of Russian Federation interference will get lost in this new focus on whether the president obstructed or not.

A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence. After a day of speculation, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so".

A few days later, Mr Trump individually asked Mr Coats and Mr Rogers to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of co-ordination between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation".

(Why is this different?) until now - investigation focused on the actions of a past presidential campaign.

Kushner has agreed to talk to the Senate Intelligence committee, and is expected to discuss these matters with the Senate intelligence staff, though the timing is still being worked out. He's also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation. The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

  • Larry Hoffman