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Special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction of justice

15 June 2017

"The other question he didn't answer, I've got to say, really, really disturbed me, and that is, 'Have you looked in to what the Russians did?'" King said Wednesday.

A spokesman for President Donald Trump's lawyer says a Washington Post report that the president is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice came from an "inexcusable and illegal" FBI leak.

When asked by Sen. Sessions told the committee he is protecting Trump's right to later on assert executive privilege "if he chooses".

His responses triggered an explosion by Sen.

"No, because she was trying to shout down Attorney General Sessions, and I thought it was way out of bounds". "That would be a violation of the communications rule that I have".

The Post reported that Mueller and his team are interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump's role. "It's just beyond my capability to understand", Sessions said.

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Other Democrats also lost their patience with Sessions. "You are impeding this investigation", said New Mexico Sen.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee, which is conducting a parallel Russian Federation probe, said on Twitter that Congress "must compel responses using whatever process necessary".

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation. In the letter to Comey, Trump said the firing was necessary to restore "public trust and confidence" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Since you discussed his removal, why wouldn't you discuss the reasons?"

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to answer whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation.

Committee chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told Sessions that the hearing was an "opportunity to separate fact from fiction" and "set the record straight on a number of allegations reported in the press".

Comey said he held back because he expected Sessions to withdraw from the Russian Federation inquiry, and the bureau was aware of "facts that I can't discuss in an open setting that would make his continued engagement in a Russia-related investigation problematic".

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The news, if true, would mark a significant turning point as up until now Trump hasn't directly been suspected of major wrongdoing - the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the Republican president's campaign machinery for possible collusion with Russian Federation. "At all times throughout the course of the campaign, the confirmation process, and since becoming attorney general, I have dedicated myself to the highest standards".

The sprawling, year-long FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has shifted its focus in the past six months, aiming its crosshairs first at Russians, then Americans. "I think the best thing to do is to let Robert Mueller do his job". "The suggestion that I participated in any collusion ... is an appalling and detestable lie", he insisted. Trump has suggested there might be tapes of his encounters with Comey; Comey said last week that "lordy" he hopes there are.

Sessions also mounted an impassioned defense on Trump, perhaps in the expectation that the President would be watching his appearance on Air Force One as he flew to Wisconsin.

Sessions was adamant that he did not have a private meeting with Kislyak at that event.

In his testimony on Tuesday, Sessions addressed media reports that he may have had a third previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at Washington's Mayflower Hotel past year. He said he didn't recall whether he'd had a third meeting with the Russian ambassador, in addition to the original two he initially failed to report.

Later however, Sessions appeared to raise the prospect that the meeting may have occurred and he had simply forgotten it.

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Special counsel investigating Trump for obstruction of justice