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Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

Dianne Feinstein is calling on the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate all issues related to obstruction of justice in the events leading up to the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, using "subpoena authority if necessary".

Rosenstein repeatedly conveyed his support for Mueller's role at a Senate hearing, held the morning after a close friend of President Donald Trump was quoted in a television interview as saying he was considering dismissing Mueller.

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mr Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mr Mueller. An order from the president would not necessarily qualify, he said. "Sen. Feinstein wanted to talk to me by phone today".

On Thursday, Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

Thune said the work is now in the hands of the Senate Intelligence Committee and they will follow the facts to resolve this issue. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland called it the "height of arrogance" for Sessions not to be present. "Right now, this is the total integrity of the president of the United States".

Former F-B-I director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee and raised a lot of questions about President Trump. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.

The California Democrat added on CNN's "State of the Union" that she wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before the committee, referring to Sessions' announcement Saturday that he plans to appear before the Senate intelligence panel instead of House and Senate subcommittees that oversee the Justice Department's budget given the intent of lawmakers to question him about the Russian Federation investigation.

In addition, Feinstein has asked Grassley to call Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several other Trump administration officials to testify.

"We're going to leave that to a conversation with Feinstein", Grassley responded.

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centred on Sessions.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

He, however, said that whatever Trump did was "a very disturbing thing, very concerning". He also discussed his agency's budget. In congressional testimony last week, Comey said he gave a copy of that memo to Richman - whom he identified only by his job - so he could provide details to a reporter.

Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee, backed Feinstein's request on Twitter.

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