Donald Trump Condemns Special Counsel For Russia Probe

The Washington Post reported the special counsel overseeing the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has widened the probe to include a review of whether Trump obstructed justice in his handling of the case as president.

Comey testified that he thought Trump's request to "let go" of the Flynn probe was "very disturbing.very concerning" and that he expects Mueller will closely examine whether it amounted to an obstruction of justice "offense".

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired then-US

FBI director James Comey.

According to the Post's sources, the Justice Department began an investigation into Trump's actions shortly after he dismissed

Comey, which the president himself admitted was because of the Russian Federation investigation.

It quoted five people briefed on the requests and said those who have agreed to be interviewed are Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

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The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired

Comey on May 9.

Trump has denied several of

Comey's claims, and his lawyer criticized what he called attempts to "undermine this administration with selective and illegal leaks of classified information and privileged communications".

News that Mueller is now investigating Trump for obstruction of justice comes amid reports that Trump has discussed whether to remove the special counsel. The Washington Post was first to report the news.

Those questions were prompted after a friend of President Donald Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he chose to dismiss him.

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Earlier, Ms Foster said the talks were going well: "We hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion".

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, and senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel's top Democrat, didn't provide any other details regarding the meeting.

He said that the President told him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. If President Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation, he and his administration should be welcoming the investigation to put any false accusations to rest.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director asserted that Trump dismissed him because he was displeased by the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to subvert the 2016 election.

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".

Comey said he believed Mueller would look into Trump for obstruction of justice.

Donald Trump slams report on obstruction probe

Then, it turned out the onetime G-man Mueller actually proceeded to do what he is duty-bound to do: Go where the evidence leads. The Washington Post previously reported that Trump also asked Rogers and Coats to push back against the FBI's investigation.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Mr

Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the United States election, adding that

Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year".

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