If Mueller finds that the president did make repeated attempts to obstruct justice, Trump's detractors will likely feel motivated, specifically to pursue impeachment. "Nice", Trump tweeted sarcastically on Thursday morning as reports of Mueller's exertions rocked the political circuit already agitated with Wednesday's shooting incident in which a Republican lawmaker was shot by a Democratic activist.
The Post reported that Mueller and his team are interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump's role.
Former FBI Director James Comey, who testified under oath before Congress last week, indicated that he told Trump on multiple occasions that he personally was not under investigation during the Russian Federation probe.
The FBI probe, now in the hands of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, shifted its focus to allegations of obstruction in the days after Trump fired the agency's former director James Comey on May 9, the Washington Post said.
Hours earlier he'd met with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating the Trump-Russia affair.
The Post referred to anonymous sources who had been briefed on requests made by Mueller's investigators. They both did originally say that Trump fired Comey at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rod J. Rosenstein, who created a memo detailing that recommendation rooted in Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe.
Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top United States federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans.
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"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", Gingrich wrote on Twitter, adding "very unsafe". Trump and the White House did contradict themselves about the rationale for that firing.
Moscow has denied U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in last year's election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Mr Trump's favour.
The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's ranking Democrat, has called for an investigation into any possible obstruction by the President.
"There's still no evidence of obstruction, and current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there's been no effort to impede the investigation in any way", she said in a statement.
"The FBI's leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal, " said Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's outside legal team. But Comey's comments were referring to conversations he had with the president before he was sacked, and before Mr. Trump made remarks including that he was thinking of the "made-up" story about ties to Russian Federation when he fired Comey.
But, "Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing", the Post reports.
Mueller's investigators will also be piecing together the full story of how the Russians attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
"Washington in general has become Entertainment Tonight, but that's it", said Jim Paulsen, an independent market strategist formerly of Wells Capital Management.