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Donald Trump blasts reported obstruction probe over 'phony' Russian Federation story

16 June 2017

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. Last week, former FBI Director James Comey told Congress he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

The scoop is from the Washington Post, who cite five anonymous sources.

"The FBI's leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, " said Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's outside legal team.

"Let me give you a little bit of insight from inside the West Wing right now", Ryan said.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence committee should yield Sessions' most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russian Federation probe.

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Rosenstein said Trump has not discussed the special counsel with him.

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Second, it suggests that not only is the special counsel's investigation reaching upward in the White House but that is also broadening out from simply an attempt to answer the question of the breadth of Russia's hacking and whether it caught up any Trump officials in it.

The sources, billed as familiar with Mueller's thinking, say the special counsel now views the matter as more than a simple "he said-he said" situation. If Trump were to make such a move, he would have to order Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

Sessions recommended to Trump that Comey should be fired, leading the Intelligence Committee members to grill him about the content of his communications with Trump - because whatever was said between the two could shed light on whether or not Trump was deliberately trying to obstruct the FBI investigation by firing Comey.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "Chris speaks for himself".

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he made a decision to dismiss him. His comments came just days after explosive comments by ousted FBI director James Comey to the same committee, suggesting that Trump sought to interfere with the investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, testified on Tuesday that he would not fire the special counsel without "good cause".

Mueller was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein eight days after Comey's dismissal to lead the Russian Federation investigation as a special counsel, a position created to conduct investigations when a normal Justice Department probe would present a conflict of interest or in other extraordinary circumstances.

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