Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is looking into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported late Wednesday.
Mueller has been tasked with leading the executive branch's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential collusion between Russia and Trump associates.
Many expected that Mueller would at some point turn to the topic of whether the president obstructed justice.
Supporters of Trump condemned the news leaks regarding the new investigation.
Coats gave testimony before a congressional panel last week, where he refused to confirm reports that the president had asked him to intervene in the Russian Federation probe. Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress last week he believes he was sacked by Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN. The "smoking gun" that did in President Nixon, in the end, was a tape that revealed he ordered his chief of staff to get the Central Intelligence Agency to stop the FBI's investigation into the Watergate break-ins, as Dylan Matthews explains. "We are not in a position to comment further". But he will likely have to be more forthcoming with Mueller.
Five people briefed on the requests, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers' recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.
But a veritable mountain of circumstantial links has emerged - ranging from Trump's friendship with GOP operative Roger Stone, who has links to Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0, to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked for lying to administration officials about a secretive pre-inauguration phone call with the Russian ambassador and was later revealed to have taken Russian money.
However, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified Tuesday that he believed only he could fire Mueller - and said that if he received an order to do so without "good cause", he'd refuse to carry it out. That is something he could do, in what would be a clear sequel to Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre".
In the wake of Comey's dismissal, the Justice Department named Mueller, a former FBI director, to head a federal probe into the Russian Federation issue.