Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Paper says Mueller probe looking at obstruction

Paper says Mueller probe looking at obstruction

Trump interviewed Mueller for the director's position days before Rosenstein picked Mueller as special counsel for the Russian Federation probe, Sanders confirmed Tuesday. I think the best vindication for the President is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly.

Both Democrats and Republicans pushed back. "Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

It's likely to be overshadowed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions' public appearance at a Senate intelligence committee hearing.

But expressions of discontent with Mueller are bubbling up nonetheless.

"I think he's considering maybe ending the special prosecutor", Ruddy said on PBS.

Rosenstein said "no, I have not", when asked by Sen. The two congressional committee are engaged in their own probes.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the move would be a "disaster" and, he added, "There's no reason to fire Mueller".

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

The White House, however, said Trump and Ruddy have never discussed the issue.

The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating.

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The newspaper's story was met with a furious reaction from Trump's personal lawyer and the Republican National Committee.

Mueller is interviewing as early as this week three top intelligence officials as part of the probe, the Post reported, citing "five people briefed on the requests".

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump made a decision to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign.

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

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

Here's why. According to the rules, technically only the attorney general can fire a special counsel.

Mueller has been widely respected by many in Washington from both sides of the aisle, but not everyone is a fan. Trump reportedly told top Russian diplomats in the Oval Office that pressure is now taken off after firing Comey.

But in this particular case, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from anything relating to the Russian Federation investigation.

At the time, Sessions said he was recusing himself only because he was involved in the 2016 campaign as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

"I've not ever been a particular fan of Mr. Comey's", said James Shaw, 53, of Olney, Illinois, pointing to the Clinton saga as a key reason. Still, he said: "Bob Mueller did a great job as Federal Bureau of Investigation director".

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