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Report: Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Posted June 14
Updated June 15

Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

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."

It is the most significant sign that Mueller's investigation is extending beyond questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The news came the same week as Trump friend Chris Ruddy floated the possibility that Trump would fire Mueller, who was appointed to head up the investigation after Trump fired Comey.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, immediately condemned the Post report.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal," Corallo told CNN.

The NSA said in a statement that the "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel. We are not in a position to comment further."

RELATED: Deputy AG Rosenstein says Comey firing could be part of special counsel's probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, hinted broadly that the special counsel investigation could be looking at Trump during a House committee hearing on Tuesday. When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing former FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing -- and he was therefore "not at liberty to talk about that now."

Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Russia and Trump associates.

Mueller met with Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday.

RELATED: First on CNN: Mueller meets with Senate Russia investigators

Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing. In one memo, Comey said Trump tried to direct him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct," Comey said. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense."

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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  • Rick Edwards Jun 15, 5:48 a.m.
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    It's telling that Comey found it disturbing that Trump asked him to publicly announce that he wasn't under investigation, and to move on once Flynn was fired.

    But didn't have a problem with Lynch telling him to call the Hillary investigation a matter, to go along with the campaigns storyline.
    Or to come out and list Hillary's crimes, and say that he didn't think she intended to break the law, even though she went to pains to hide it.

    It's amazing how they keep changing the scope of this investigation to extend it as claims are proven to be false.
    When Comey announced that they had found thous a u of emails that Hillary claims didn't exist, many of them classified, but managed to sweep that investigation under the table in 24 hours.

  • Maxwell Williams Jun 15, 12:24 a.m.
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    The nonsense doesn't stop, it's just more fake news after the next, destroying any credibility these News outlets might have had.

    Muller is Independent Council investigating the alleged Russia collusion ..period, it's beyond his scope and authority to conduct other investigations of unfounded allegations about the Presidents behavior, that's for DOJ and Congress to investigate if necessary.

    ..just as it's beyond Mullers scope to investigate Comey's refusal to publicly acknowledge telling Trump three-times he was not under investigation (after he was asked to clear it up) and Comey leaking a memo from an FBI computer to the New York Times to ..as Comey stated, force the appointment of an Independent Council.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jun 14, 9:57 p.m.
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    Yawn .........