Trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference expanded to include whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice just days after he fired former FBI Director James Comey, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

As part of the probe, Mueller is interviewing senior intelligence officials and looking for proof of any financial crimes possibly committed by Trump's associates, the Post reported, citing US officials.

A spokesman for Trump's lawyer said in a statement that "the FBI leak regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable, and illegal," but did not dispute the accuracy of the report.

The scope of the probe had been previously limited to possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Former FBI Director James Comey confirmed in a Senate testimony last week that he had told Trump three times between January and March that he was not personally under investigation. Trump said he felt "vindicated" by Comey's testimony."

But that changed just days after Trump fired Comey, according to the Post, who was leading an FBI investigation into Trump's campaign team and whether it colluded with the Kremlin during the 2016 election when he was dismissed on May 9.

A day later, Trump told two Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting that by firing Comey, who he reportedly called a "nut job," he had taken "great pressure" off of himself, according toThe New York Times. Days later, he told NBC's Lester Holt that "the Russia thing" had been on his mind when he dismissed the former FBI director.

Those comments, combined with Trump's alleged request to Comey in February that the FBI considering dropping its investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, have led lawmakers, legal experts, and now Mueller to question whether Trump sought to obstruct justice, a criminal and impeachable offense.

Comey testified last week that Trump asked everyone to leave the room before he expressed "hope" that the FBI could see a way clear to "letting Flynn go."

Three intelligence officials could be interviewed by Mueller as early as next week: Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and former NSA deputy Richard Ledgett, who retired in April.

Trump has reportedly considered firing Mueller, who he thinks is too close to Comey and is engaged in a "witch hunt" against him. But he has been advised against it by his aides in recent days.


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