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WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – The special counsel appointed to oversee the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign is now looking into whether President Donald Trump himself tried to obstruct justice.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is meeting with top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He and his team are investigating whether the President tried to pressure them to shut down the Russia investigation.

Mueller is also looking into Mr. Trump’s words and conduct in the events of recent weeks, according to a report in the Washington Post, which marks a shift in the investigation that initially was supposed to focus on Russian influence and any connections to the Trump campaign, but not necessarily the President himself.

While not denying the Washington Post report, Marc Corallo, a spokesman for Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, called the FBI leak of this information “outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.”

There is no proof that the FBI was the source of this leak.

President Trump expressed his thoughts about the probe on Twitter.

During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, former FBI Director James Comey testified that President Trump sought assurances that he was not under investigation personally in the agency’s Russia tampering investigation. Comey testified that he believed he was fired “because of the Russia investigation.”

Comey’s comments were referring to conversations he had with the president before he was fired, and before Mr. Trump made remarks including that he was thinking of the “made-up” story about ties to Russia when he fired Comey, according to CBS News.

Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, has agreed to be interviewed by Mueller about his conversations with President Trump concerning the Russia investigation.

“Conversations between the president and myself I do not think it’s appropriate for me to address that in a public session,” said Coats.

At a Senate hearing last week, Coats would not comment on the issue and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers denied there was any pressure from the White House.

“To the best of my recollection I have never been directed to do anything that I believe to be illegal immoral, unethical or inappropriate,” Rogers testified.

Rogers is also cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.

In addition to the special counsel, two congressional committees are also conducting investigations into Russian meddling.

Comments (2)
  1. Frank Smith says:

    “Possible obstruction?”

    “Probable” obstruction, I expect.

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