Trump being investigated by special counsel for possible obstruction of justice

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The investigation has now gone way beyond Russian election interference.

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said. Oh, and so will Jeff Sessions.

Sessions in March stepped aside from the federal investigation into contacts between Russian Federation and the presidential campaign after acknowledging that he had met twice previous year with Kislyak. He is the Acting Attorney General in this case.

Burr says the committee staff met with Johnson on Monday. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders publicly said they thought the investigation should be allowed to run its course, and that firing the special counsel would be a mistake. A highly regarded Justice Department careerist, he tapped Mueller - infuriating Trump - after the White House tried to pin the Comey firing on him.

Ruddy sparked a media firestorm on Monday when he told the "PBS NewsHour" that Trump is considering firing Mueller. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said.

Rosenstein said he appointed the special counsel, he thinks it was the right thing to do and "I am going to defend the integrity of that investigation".

"We also were aware of facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic", Comey said.

"If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified.

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A longtime confidante of Donald Trump said in a television interview last night that the USA president was considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now leading the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Since then, lawmakers have raised questions about a possible third meeting at a Washington hotel, though the Justice Department has said that did not happen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, whether a history of political donations would prohibit someone from being involved in the investigation.

At last week's hearing, Comey suggested that he believed Trump was plausibly guilty of obstruction of justice. "He's weighing that option".

Trump's legal team quickly denounced the report on Wednesday. That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - as special counsel the following week. Gingrich said he is troubled by Democratic donations of Mueller's picks to help lead the probe. "If there were not good cause, it wouldn't matter to me no matter what anybody says", explained Rosenstein.

"It's another reason why this special counsel, Mueller, needs to be shut down immediately", he added.

Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., asked Rosenstein: Why would the deputy attorney general have written a memo to Sessions that was "exclusively" about a matter from which Sessions was recused?

Under Justice Department regulations created to ensure a measure of independence for the special counsel, Rosenstein may only fire Mueller for "good cause". And guess what? When it happened, it was his longtime friend, Robert Mueller, who was named to lead the investigation.

When West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin asked Rosenstein if Mueller could be "terminated without cause", Rosenstein said "yes". Rosenstein responded: "No I have not". They said that these three have agreed to interviews with Mueller's team.

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