Paper says Mueller probe looking at obstruction

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, responded Wednesday evening to the Post report by saying, "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign.

A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz responded to the report by saying "the Federal Bureau of Investigation leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.

The investigation originally focused on Russian meddling in the election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, but Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey last month changed things, according to officials.

Comey had previously assured Trump he was not under investigation.

The NSA said in a statement that the "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel. We are not in a position to comment further".

Those officials - Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Mr Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett - had agreed to be interviewed by Mr Mueller's investigators as early as this week, it said.

Whitlock sees one constant in all of the mainstream coverage of Comey: President Trump looks bad.

"I take the President's words".

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sarah Sanders, a White House spokesman said.

"Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI director James Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation".

"Oftentimes what happens, frankly, in counterintelligence investigations is you start looking at sort of a core intelligence question - What did the Russians do and did they do it with any Americans? - and it grows into: What did any of those Americans do in their financial matters that may also raise alarms with the FBI?"

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, hinted broadly that the special counsel investigation could be looking at Trump during a House committee hearing on Tuesday. The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

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