Donald Trump investigated for possible obstruction of justice

It wasn't immediately clear if others have been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The White House now refers all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

"The FBI's leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, " said Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's outside legal team.

Before Comey testified, Trump suggested there might be a White House recording of their private dinner, which Comey said he hopes there is.

Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives tweeted Monday that he would not believe Mueller would handle the Russian investigation in an impartial way. During the Watergate scandal, the Supreme Court found in United States v. Nixon that executive privilege could not be used to withhold evidence in criminal investigations. The Comey firing itself has turned into a blunder of such epic proportions that Donald Trump is now under investigation for obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports, citing anonymous officials.

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, opened her line of questioning, in the hearing that was supposed to focus on the Justice Department budget, by asking whether Rosenstein had seen any evidence of good cause to fire Mueller. The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

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There also might be a claim of a "conflict of interest" because of Mueller's personal relationship through the years with Comey and possibly with numerous other potential subjects of his investigation.

Things changed shortly after Comey's firing, according to Post's sources.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation. The newspaper's story was met with a furious reaction from Trump's personal lawyer and the Republican National Committee. When the briefing ended, as The Post previously reported, Trump asked everyone to leave the room except for Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The initial investigation focused exclusively on potential Russian hacking in the 2016 election and whether any Trump surrogates - like former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn - might have been involved. Coats later told lawmakers that he never felt pressured to intervene.

In his testimony on June 8, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he believed Trump had fired him over his role as lead of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US election and Trump campaign associates' possible ties to Russia.

Trump has denied Comey's allegations.

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The president sacked Comey in early May.

But behind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage him from something they believed would turn a bad situation into a catastrophe, according to several people with direct knowledge of Trump's interactions.

Trump wrote in his letter firing Comey that the ousted FBI director had informed him on three separate occasions he was not under investigation. He declined further comment.

Issuing such a threat could constitute obstruction of justice by the president.

Mr 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". Trump has made clear on multiple occasions he believes the Russian Federation investigations have run their course and should be closed. "I also recognize the gravity of the committee's current investigation and the need for the American people to be presented the facts, so that they might make their own judgments".

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