NORC poll: Most in US think Trump meddled in Russia probe

American political commentator Seth Abramson said Special Counsel Robert Mueller - who is investigating the alleged Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign - was "focusing on crimes that occurred in the White House".

Citing anonymous officials with knowledge of the investigation, the Post says Robert Mueller has requested three senior intelligence officials be interviewed on the matter.

A spokesperson for Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, issued a statement saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Christopher Ruddy, a friend of Mr Trump's, had claimed that the president was considering firing Mr Mueller and questions were raised by Trump aides over the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's impartiality.

Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, says he had previously assured Trump he was not personally under investigation.

President Donald Trump called a report he is under investigation for obstruction of justice "phony" in a series of tweets tweet Thursday, and repeated an accusation that he is the subject of a massive witch hunt.

"I take the President's words". The office of the director of national intelligence and Mr Ledgett declined to comment, the Post said.

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. The New York Times reported that Trump had been waved off the idea by advisers.

The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, "marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin", The Washington Post reported.

Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates.

"Oftentimes what happens, frankly, in counterintelligence investigations is you start looking at sort of a core intelligence question - What did the Russians do and did they do it with any Americans? - and it grows into: What did any of those Americans do in their financial matters that may also raise alarms with the FBI?"

Mueller's investigative team has expanded in recent weeks. The Justice Department has long held that it would not be appropriate to indict a sitting president.

  • Anthony Vega