Special Counsel Robert Mueller met with the two top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday to discuss preventing conflicts in their separate investigations into Russian election interference and he is set to meet with House intelligence panel leaders in the coming days.
In a pivotal shift in the investigation that has riveted Americans like no other for decades, senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by investigators working for Mr Muller, according to The Washington Post.
The president expressed annoyance about news reports that the probe is now believed to include an examination of whether he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had earlier led the Russian Federation investigation.
Mr Comey told Congress last week he believed he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency’s Russian Federation probe. Grassley also wants the investigation to look at Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch and whether she influenced the Clinton email scandal investigation.
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has met with the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than three hours in a closed session as part of the panel’s probe into Russian interference in USA elections.
Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a “phony story”.
Burr also said he didn’t think they would meet in person with Mueller again, but would be in touch if deconfliction issues arise.
Comey declined Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley’s request to testify and went before the Senate Intelligence Committee instead.
A spokesman for Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House committee, said Mueller will meet with members of the panel this week or next. All week, some of Trump’s most ardent defenders, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and friend and occasional adviser Newt Gingrich have questioned the probe in similar ways.
“The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations”, said Sen.
“There should be no improper interference with Federal Bureau of Investigation probes to favour any elected official or candidate of either party”, Grassley wrote in the letter.
“You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice”.
‘It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances, and rationale for Mr. Comey’s removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis, ‘ Grassley added, optimistically.
In addition, Feinstein has asked Grassley to call Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several other Trump administration officials to testify.