Trump Denounces Reports Of Widening Russia Probe

Mr Comey also testified he had told Mr Trump he was not under investigation.

"You are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" he continued in another tweet.

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning once again dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "phony story" and blasted federal investigators as "bad and conflicted people" after a report said special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

Mueller's office has reached out to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and recently retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett.

Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, says he had previously assured Trump he was not personally under investigation.

Reports that Trump was considering firing Mueller surfaced last week, again citing unnamed sources.

A separate Washington Post report has said that Mr Coats told associates in March that the president had asked him to try to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off.

Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel by the Justice Department after Mr Comey's sacking.

Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out".

The news, if true, would mark a significant turning point as up until now Trump hasn't directly been suspected of major wrongdoing - the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the Republican president's campaign machinery for possible collusion with Russian Federation.

"The Post report cites anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators. The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here", McDaniel said in a statement.

A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday.

Comey testified last week that Trump told him he hoped he would let go of the investigation into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump was forced to fire Flynn in February after he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian officials past year as a member of Trump's transition team.

In the most famous presidential investigation, Watergate, Archibald Cox was appointed special prosecutor on May 18, 1973 - by June 5, Nixon was complaining about being attacked by Cox.

The case for obstruction of justice isn't Comey versus Trump.

  • Leroy Wright