FBI's Mueller reportedly seeking interviews with intelligence officials, pointing to Trump probe

   PROBE Trump is reportedly being investigated by the FBI

The widened probe follows sacked FBI director James Comey's testimony last week when he told the Senate Intelligence Committee: "It's my judgment that I was fired because of the Russian Federation investigation".

Mueller has scheduled interviews with key national security officials about the matter.

In May, Trump fired Comey, saying "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation's top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling.

Investigators were also looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.

Any finding that could arise against the President would have another hurdle - a longstanding Justice Department stance against indicting a sitting president.

Comey testified before a Senate panel last week that Trump spoke privately with him several times, including by telephone and at White House meetings.

Reporter Tony Mauro noted the addition of Dreeben may signal that "Mueller may be seeking advice on complex areas of criminal law, including what constitutes obstruction of justice".

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel denounced the Post report and called it unfounded, claiming it "changes nothing".

Mueller will interview Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers and Rogers' former deputy Richard Ledgett in the obstruction probe. Coats later told lawmakers that he never felt pressured to intervene.

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.

CNN producer Greg Wallace had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the memos on May 16, some of which Comey had said last week were unclassified. An hour later, Trump was back at it, calling the investigation the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". But, what it does is take this special counsel investigation all the way into the Oval Office - a place where it hasn't gone before. As for Comey, he remains a shrewd and calculating defender of the rule of law and its instruments, positioned to defend them against a president he sees as an unprincipled political opportunist in a highly unsafe time for the country.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who would be responsible for carrying out such a move, told the Senate June 13 that there was no plan to get rid of Mueller.

"What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?

Nice", Trump tweeted early Thursday morning.

'In retrospect in looking at it I think it was more egregious than I may have even understood at the time, ' Sessions said Tuesday. Ultimately, it would be up to Mueller to decide whether there is enough evidence to recommend pursuing charges on any part of the investigation.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, said in a statement to CNN.

Comey testified that he told the president he was not personally under investigation three times and confirmed that Trump was not under investigation at the time of his firing on May 9. "I was sacked, in some way, to change - or the endeavor was to change the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted".

Trump's tweets are the latest - and most direct - attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting.

The probe Mueller "marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin", The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.



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