Trump blasts report on possible obstruction of justice probe

Congressional Republicans Stand Behind Russia Investigator Amid Rumor That Trump Plans To Fire Him

Regardless of the outcome, the spectre of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. The Post report did not name the Federal Bureau of Investigation as its source. The Post's sources said that changed following Comey's firing. It's still unclear how many others have been questioned.

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

"It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis". "We are not in a position to comment further".

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, immediately condemned the Post report. Putin added on a sarcastic note that Russian Federation could grant Comey political asylum.

In March, Coats told associates that Trump asked him to intervene with Comey's investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to the Post.

Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation. "Nice", the President said.

Comey testified that initial explanations that he was sacked because of poor leadership were "lies, plain and simple".

The letter said the investigation will also probe Mr Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation. Comey said he declined to tell agents working on the case about his conversation with Trump to shield them.

A few days after the March 22 meeting, Trump spoke separately with Coats and Rogers and asked them to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation. Trump disputed, though, Comey's assertion he had asked for a pledge of loyalty. Since then Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, has taken over the investigation.

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

"We may have our differences, but we do well in times like these to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because above all they love our country", Trump said at the White House.

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