Sessions defends himself, denying allegations during Senate testimony

The expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation would represent the clearest legal threat to date for Trump, who has long maintained that he is not personally under investigation - and who reportedly pressured former FBI Director James Comey to say so publicly.

Among those the former FBI director is looking to interview are Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDan CoatsMueller requesting interviews with top intel officials: reports Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice: report Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels MORE, National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

Several high-ranking intelligence officials -- including National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats - consented to interviews as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

A spokesman for Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz fiercely denied the allegations.

Through a spokesman, he told the Post that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". It is doubtful that the White House could ultimately use executive privilege to try to block them from speaking to Mueller's investigators.

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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.

Those questions were prompted after a friend of President Donald Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR's Phil Ewing, "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".

"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.

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Sessions testified Tuesday that he recused himself from the current Russian Federation investigation only because of a regulation that required it because of his involvement in the Trump campaign.

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The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, the Post said.

Now we know why Trump wanted to fire the special counsel.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Investigators will also look for any statements the president may have made publicly and privately to people outside the government about his reasons for firing Comey and his concerns about the Russian Federation probe and other related investigations, people familiar with the matter said.

"Well", Sessions said, "I would've been shocked and known it was improper".

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While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. The White House now refers all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's fiscal 2018 budget.

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