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Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

Sessions was forced to recuse himself in March from the federal investigation into possible Russian interference in the US election after media reports said that he twice met with Kislyak during the 2016 campaign and did not disclose that to the Senate during his confirmation hearing in January.

Mr Trump's legal team said the latest leak to the media was "outrageous".

Opponents have long accused Trump of possibly coordinating his campaign to maximize the damage done to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton with Russian hackers who leaked embarrassing emails from her campaign and the Democratic National Committee. His first newspaper job was as a copy boy at the New York Post, and has covered law enforcement - from local cops to global manhunts - for more than 20 years.

Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so - but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised, The New York Times said.

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come.

The move to investigate the US President comes after Mr Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey on May 9, according to the The Post.

Mr Comey, who had been leading one of several Russian Federation inquiries, testified to Congress last week that Mr Trump had pressured him to drop the inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Despite Sessions' statement about the reasons for his recusal, the attorney general did not actually step aside from the Russia probe until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Comey reportedly told lawmakers behind closed doors that the details included a third unreported meeting between Sessions and Russian ambassador Kislyak. He is a good guy.

"You raised your right hand here today and said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth", Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich said.

But Sessions said that despite his sense of problems at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he never raised that with Comey. Within days of Comey's ouster, investigators began looking into Trump for obstruction of justice, The Post reported. "It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said.

Who is going to be interviewed?

In his Tuesday testimony, Sessions was unable to provide any more context to this question: Did Trump fire Comey because of, or in response to, the FBI director's refusal to "let go" of the investigation into Trump's national security adviser, Mike Flynn?

The Washington Post says the three have agreed to be interviewed by investigators and the questioning could happen as early as this week. What he was asked, in practical terms, was "if you found out the Trump campaign was engaged in a treasonous plot to capture the presidency through the illegal help of a historically hostile foreign power, would you quit over it?" "And when asked I said that to the president".

However, the Times points out that the latest questioning does not mean a criminal case is being built against the president, simply that information is being gathered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Instead, experts say the onus would be on Congress to review any findings of criminal misconduct and then decide whether to initiate impeachment proceedings.

Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, and Comey and others have testified that there is no evidence to the contrary.

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