Trump reportedly under investigation for obstruction of justice in Russian Federation probe

The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the USA election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.

Mr Comey told a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation", being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein at a budget hearing Tuesday what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the US elections and possible Russian ties to Trump's campaign.

But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said.

The report also indicates that NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats will sit for interviews with Mueller in the near future.

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.

The appearances, however, are likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

Shaheen said she has many questions about the federal investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia, including about Sessions' contacts with the Russian ambassador.

"Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein said.

A member of Trump's legal team said on Wednesday that reports of the expanding investigation were "outrageous".

The Washington Post first reported Wednesday that Mueller's probe was widening to include looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

"I think he's considering perhaps terminating the special counsel; I think he's weighing that option", Ruddy told NewsHour's Judy Woodruff. "Nice", Trump wrote in a tweet.

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.

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".

"If President fired Bob Mueller, Congress would immediately re-establish independent counsel and appoint Bob Mueller".

A source close to the President said Trump is being counseled to steer clear of such a dramatic move like firing the special counsel.

After Comey's testimony, Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Tuesday left open the possibility that he could fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller - though he said he would only do so for "good cause" and he had not seen any yet.

  • Zachary Reyes