Mueller investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice: Wash

"I recused myself from any investigation into the campaigns for president, but I did not recuse myself from defending my honor against scurrilous and false allegations", he said.

Trump had received private assurances from former FBI Director James Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. And, like Trump, Sessions didn't exactly criticize Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation during the presidential campaign.

Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday he has never discussed with foreign officials - including Russians - "any type of interference with any campaign or election".

Sessions told the senators on the committee that he was protecting the president's future right to invoke executive privilege, and that by not revealing conversations with the president, he was adhering to "long-standing policy". Testifying at a Senate hearing, Sessions said it was a "detestable and appalling lie" to suggest that he participated in or was aware of any collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. During a CNN panel discussion, political analyst Kirsten Powers challenged one of her colleagues, CNN political commentator and former Trump campaign spokesperson Jason Miller, who had described Harris's actions as "hysterical".

Wyden said Sessions' answer "doesn't pass the smell test". "And, yet, I just don't understand the legal basis for your refusal to answer", said King. "Your silence... speaks volumes". "Sen. Harris, let him (Sessions) answer".

Quoting officials, the newspaper said one event of interest to Mueller is an exchange on March 22, when Coats told associates that Trump had asked him to intervene with Comey to get him to back off the focus on Trump's former national security advisor Mike Flynn as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the Russian Federation affair.

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Flynn was sacked two weeks into the job amid concerns he lied over his Russian contacts, becoming the first high-profile victim of the scandal that has overshadowed Trump's young presidency.

Trump has been publicly dismissive of the Russian Federation investigation for months.

Sessions said he recused himself from the Justice Department's current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

But the attorney general pushed back hard when asked what those problematic matters could be, retorting: "There are none". "Since it came to light Sessions misled during his testimony in front of the Senate, I have called on him to resign", she tweeted. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., rejected knowledge of such information and said that he doesn't appreciate the "secret innuendo being leaked out there about me".

U.S. President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials.

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.

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"I do recall being one of the last ones to leave, I don't know how that occurred", Sessions said.

Yes, Sessions was at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, but no, he did not have a formal meeting with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

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. "And when asked I said that to the president".

But Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists he knows the risks of doing so - but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised.

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