Department of Justice’s special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.
Mueller is also interviewing three top intelligence officials as part of the probe, the Washington Post reported, citing “five people briefed on the requests.”
According to the media outlet, this is the most significant sign yet that Mueller’s investigation is extending beyond questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The news came the same week as Trump’s friend Christopher Ruddy floated the possibility that Trump would fire Mueller, who was appointed to head up the investigation after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, immediately denied the report.
“The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal”, Corallo told CNN. The White House declined to comment, referring questions to Kasowitz.
The National Security Agency (NSA) said in a statement that the “they will fully cooperate with the special counsel”. A spokesman for the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment to CNN.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, hinted broadly that the special counsel investigation could be looking at Trump during a House committee hearing on Tuesday. When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing, and he was therefore “not at liberty to talk about that now”.
Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collaboration between Russia and Trump associates.
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