Trump investigated for obstruction of justice

President Trump dismissed a potential obstruction of justice investigation into his conduct, calling allegations of collusion between him, his campaign or people associated with him and Russian Federation a "phony story".

The president and his surrogates are already on the warpath, falsely suggesting that Comey engaged in improper or illegal conduct in leaking his memos and, putting out the line via Kellyanne Conway, that members of Mueller's legal team had given to Democratic politicians (and therefore were biased).

An hour later he claimed: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

Trump hammered off a second tweet Thursday, again calling the investigation a "WITCH HUNT".

According to the Washington Post report, the widening of the investigation to include possible obstruction of justice by the president began after Mr Comey was sacked and Mr Mueller was appointed to lead the year-long FBI investigation.

Donald Trump is reportedly being investigated for obstruction of justice by the special counsel looking into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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Mueller's office has reached out to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and recently retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett.

The Post cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.

Kasowitz issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the Post story and called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying. The president's preferred narrative is investigators pivoted toward obstruction of justice instead.

Following Comey's blockbuster appearance before Congress, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows 68 percent of Americans are at least moderately concerned about the possibility that Trump or his campaign associates had inappropriate ties to Russian Federation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

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A day or two after the March 22 meeting, Trump telephoned Coats and Rogers to separately ask them to issue public statements denying the existence of any evidence of coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment.

"This is an action brought pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act for declaratory, injunctive, and other appropriate relief, seeking the immediate processing of CNN's request to the FBI for records prepared by former FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr., that document his interactions with President Donald J. Trump, and the immediate release of those records", reads the filing, released by CNN on its website".

Comey testified a week ago that Trump had pressured him to "let go" an investigation into fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn after Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts he had had with Russian officials. It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis, " according to the letter. "#MAGA", Trump said in another tweet. Earlier this week, news reports indicated that Trump was thinking about firing Mueller but was dissuaded by staff.

News of Mueller looking into potential obstruction comes after former FBI Director James Comey testified last week.

"I guess you feel like you just need to trust your president", said Richardson, a retiree from Meade County, Kentucky.

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Ditching derogatory rhetoric about the Washington "swamp", Trump rallied in support of his fellow politicians and called on the country to pull together.

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