Trump faces investigation over obstruction of justice

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"We briefed the congressional leadership about what Americans we had opened counterintelligence investigation cases on", Comey testified, "and we specifically said the president is not one of those Americans, but - that there was no other investigation of the president that we were not mentioning at that time". Eighty-one percent of Republicans approved of the president, while only 16 percent of Democrats and 39 percent of independents feel the same way. Senators on Tuesday questioned both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on how the inquiry is being handled.

The NSA said in statement that it will "fully cooperate with the special counsel", and declined to comment further.

"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said.

A White House spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a comment request from the Journal.

Robert Mueller's investigation is looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, and is also looking into financial crimes among Trump associates, the Post wrote, citing five unnamed intelligence officials.

Chatter surfaced earlier this week that the president was considering firing Mueller. Trump has made no decision to act against Mueller and insists that he knows the risks of doing so but people close to the president say Trump is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised, The New York Times said. "That's taken off", Trump reportedly told Russian officials visiting the White House in May. He added that fundraising records show some of the lawyers whom Mueller selected for his team have contributed to Democrats.

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The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director said ultimately it was up to Mueller to make a determination whether the president crossed a legal line. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private. "That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out".

Soon after, Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto".

Coats told associates that Trump had asked him if he could intervene with Comey to get the bureau to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn in its Russian Federation probe, according to officials.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe said.