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Senate panel meets with special counsel in Russia probe

15 June 2017

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR's Phil Ewing, "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".

The Washington Post story prompted a furious reaction from Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, who issued a statement saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind the story. If he declined, Trump would have to fire him and find another DOJ official willing to do so - a scenario that would be reminiscent of the Watergate era and its infamous "Saturday Night Massacre".

President Trump has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, describing it as a "witch hunt".

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Constand initially settled the case with a civil suit in 2006, having waited a year to report the alleged assault to the police. Cosby , then 66, had a close friendship with Constand that occasionally turned sexual, McMonagle said in his closing argument.

The Post's report cited unnamed officials, who claimed that "the obstruction of justice investigation into the president began days after Comey was sacked on May 9..." The president has accused Comey of lying about those encounters. Mueller is interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump's conduct in a new phase of the inquiry, which reportedly began soon after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey as the FBI was investigating ties between the president's associates and Russian Federation.

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to answer whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation. But Comey did lay out facts that a prosecutor could use to try to prove obstruction, as NPR's Domenico Montanaro noted.

Trump claimed, and Comey later affirmed, that Comey assured him he was not personally under FBI investigation. Sessions testified Tuesday that he felt he had no proper choice because he had a potential political conflict of interest, having been a campaign adviser to President Trump.

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He said he had spoken with Mr Scalise's wife, Jennifer, and pledged his support. "I am sickened by this despicable act", he said. Former Alexandria mayor Bill Euille, a Democrat , said he had often spoken to him on recent mornings at the nearby YMCA.

Accusations of obstruction arose when last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

According to a senior White House aide, there are no private conversations taking place about firing Mueller, and a White House spokesperson said Ruddy "speaks for himself".

Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, did not respond to an email requesting comment.

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Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are. Later however, Sessions appeared to raise the prospect that the meeting may have occurred and he had simply forgotten it.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in separate testimony Tuesday that there was no "secret plan" to fire Mueller, nor was there cause. Investigators are also seeking to learn whether any Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials in the meddling. The CEO is Newsmax Media called Mueller "illegitimate" as a special counsel because the investigation itself has no basis. The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president. Congress, however, could review the information and determine whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings, The Post reported.