Robert Mueller hires 13 lawyers to handle Russian Federation investigation

Mueller III to investigate Trump's own conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Risch seemed to suggest the committee is wasting its time looking into allegations of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump had received assurances from the former FBI Director James Comey that he himself was not under investigation, though the unnamed officials say this changed shortly after Comey's firing.

Terming the Washington Post report about Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice a "leak", a spokesperson for Donald Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz was quoted by the Post, "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

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.

Associates of Comey revealed an unclassified memo in which the former FBI director describes a conversation with Trump, with the president asking him to end an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. "In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Comey's performance, but Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Comey. "I can tell you that for absolute certainty".

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.

Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, met Wednesday with the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 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.

Mueller met with Sens. Grassley declined to comment on whether they would subpoena Comey or others until he and Feinstein finish working out the agreement.

Officials told the Post that investigators were interested in a March 22 conservation during which Trump allegedly pulled Coats aside and discussed the Russian Federation investigation.

DONALD Trump could face charges of obstructing the course of justice amid a probe into alleged links between his Presidential campaign and the Russian government.

In more explicit answers, however, Sessions fiercely protected his conversations with the president, refusing to divulge their contents.

The president then started complaining about the FBI investigation and Comey's handling of it, said officials familiar with the account Coats gave to associates. Comey's decision to announce past year that Mrs. Clinton would not be prosecuted over her emails was a "usurpation" of the Justice Department's authority, Sessions said.

  • Julie Sanders