Senate Intel panel won't investigate Trump obstruction question

The special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has expanded the inquiry to include examination of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.

Officials said one of the exchanges of potential interest to Mueller took place on March 22, less than a week after Coats was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the nation's top intelligence official.

"Obstruction is criminal - there's a criminal aspect to that", committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard BurrSenate Intel panel won't investigate Trump obstruction question Senate Intel heads meet with Mueller It's time for Congress and the VA to address victims of military toxins MORE (R-N.C.) told CNN.

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

In a dramatic, nationally televised presentation, drawn from contemporaneous memorandums, complete with quotes from Trump, that he wrote immediately after their meetings, Comey made it clear that the president had attempted to interfere in the FBI's investigation, suggesting that his job hung in the balance if he didn't do what Trump wanted.

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Instead of being offended about the old-timers taking shots at his team, he tried to inject some sensibility to the discussion. The record for any Finals quarter was 47, done by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter against Boston on June 3, 1984.

A spokesman for Trump's private attorney declined to respond to details of the widening probe Wednesday, instead slamming the leaked information as "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Her tweet, late Tuesday, ended a day in which the White House said the president has "no intention" of firing Mueller. Comey later testified that he'd authorized a friend to disclose to the media his notes on conversations with Trump about the investigation, in hopes that it would lead the Justice Department to name a special counsel. "We are not in a position to comment further".

Former FBI Director James Comey erased any doubt that President Trump asked him to halt a key part of his investigation into the Russian collusion scandal and insisted on his complete "loyalty".

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation. He said he didn't know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide.

But 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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Trump says, "Steve is our friend, he's a patriot and he's a true fighter". Scalise, who is House majority whip, was severely wounded in the attack.

"I recuse myself not because of any asserted wrongdoing or any belief that I may have been involved in any wrongdoing in the campaign, but because a Department of Justice regulation... required it", said Sessions.

Mueller met with Sens.

It is unclear whether Ledgett had direct contact with Trump or other top officials about the Russian Federation probe, but he wrote an internal NSA memo documenting the president's phone call with Rogers, according to officials.

Notably, Comey, in his carefully-worded statement, had also said that Trump's personal conduct - whether with regards to possible collusion with Russian Federation or possible obstruction of justice - was not under investigation while he was at the helm of the FBI.

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