Donald Trump calls federal probe into whether he obstructed justice "phony"

Donald Trump calls federal probe into whether he obstructed justice

Mueller's office has reached out to Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and recently retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett. Trump, believes that the mainstream media has not been fair to him and outlets like The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN is against him.

Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.

President Trump on Thursday criticized reports that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, denouncing it as another "witch hunt" that is unfairly targeting him.

Mr Trump previously claimed he was the victim of a "witch hunt" in May after Mr Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed to lead an investigation into his campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation.

Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 he believed Trump had directed him in February to drop an FBI probe into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, that was part of the broader Russian Federation investigation. The White House confirmed that Mr. Mueller was among the candidates Mr. Trump interviewed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation post.

Details from some memos were made public in news media accounts in the days after he was sacked, and Comey himself detailed his conversations with Trump at a Senate hearing last week.

Coats and Rogers refused to answer questions about the matter during a Senate committee hearing last week.

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The paper, citing unnamed officials, says the interviews could come as early as this week.

A representative for Trump's lawyer promptly reacted to the allegation.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, spokesman for attorney Marc Kasowitz, told dpa in an email.

He did not deny the story, however.

Robert S. Mueller III is the special counsel leading the obstruction of justice case, and has asked for interviews with three senior intelligence officials in an effort to get their sides of the story.

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called the accusation in the Post unfounded and said it "changes nothing".

It was not immediately clear what prompted the release of that statement by Rosenstein, whether it was in response to recent stories that suggested the President was under investigation for obstruction of justice, or some other reason.