Date
17 October 2017
Donald Trump is reportedly under scrutiny for possible obstruction of justice in relation to the FBI's probes of Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential election. Photo: Reuters
Donald Trump is reportedly under scrutiny for possible obstruction of justice in relation to the FBI's probes of Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential election. Photo: Reuters

Trump said to be under probe for possible obstruction of justice

US President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reports, citing unidentified officials.

Investigators are seeking to determine if Trump tried to undermine the FBI’s ongoing probes of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and collusion with Trump aides.

Amid the investigation, Mueller and his team are said to be interviewing senior intelligence officials.

Among those who have agreed to be interviewed are Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, according to the Post.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after former FBI director James Comey was fired on May 9, the paper cited sources as saying, Reuters reports.

Comey told Congress last week he believes he was fired by Trump to undermine the agency’s Russia probe.

Following the Washington Post report Wednesday, Trump’s legal team denounced the media leak, calling it “outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” according to Reuters.

Comey would not say in a congressional testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller “to sort that out.”

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