President Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates.
In the interview, Mr Ruddy said Mr Trump had considered replacing Mr Comey with Mr Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.
The three officials the Post says Mueller is interviewing are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the recently retired deputy NSA director. However, top White House aides were able to talk him off the ledge, pointing out to POTUS that it would make things far worse for him.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, told The Post. Experts point out that the Supreme Court ruled during the Watergate scandal that officials can not use privilege to withhold evidence in criminal prosecutions.
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Some experts have said the firing itself, as well as Comey's subsequent assertion that Trump directed him to stop the investigation into disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, could be obstruction of justice.
Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
Probing the president for possible crimes is a complicated affair, even if convincing evidence of a crime is found. Any findings by the department's investigation would be referred to Congress, where lawmakers would determine whether to impeach the president. But Comey was unwilling go state that publicly, citing the fact that the investigation was ongoing and the circumstances could change. Mueller served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director prior to Comey was appointed to that position in September 2013.
A person close to Trump's legal team said earlier Tuesday that there have been no discussions about firing Mueller with the legal team. Coats was attending a briefing at the White House then with officials from other government agencies. Though the DNI did not deny those reports, he told the panel he never felt pressured to intervene in the investigation.
"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Sanders said. The president has accused Comey of lying about those encounters.
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Obstruction issues emerged during a February 14 meeting in the Oval Office, when the president told Comey he hoped his disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn would elude criminal prosecution.
Comey's carefully worded comments, and those of Andrew McCabe, who took over as acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, suggested to some officials that a probe of Trump for attempted obstruction may have been launched after Comey's departure, particularly in light of Trump's alleged statements regarding Flynn. Under the regulation, Special Counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I'm required to put that cause in writing.
Yet it's a line of thinking that is making its way to the president's ears.
President Trump has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, describing it as a "witch hunt". Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein during an open Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing what he would do if Trump asked him to fire Mueller.
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Republican lawmakers seized on Comey's testimony to point out Trump wasn't in the FBI's crosshairs when Comey led the Federal Bureau of Investigation.