Comey also stated his belief that he was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation.
The investigation came after former FBI Director James Comey testified in a hearing that Trump tried to get him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn.
The White House could assert executive privilege to prevent those officials from being questioned about conversations with the president, which could lead to battles in court, where judges have tended to hold that criminal investigations can override such privilege, the New York Times reports.
Trump’s Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest. “We are not in a position to comment further”.
Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don’t conflict. Richard Burr and Mark Warner, the Republican and Democratic leadership of the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday.
The reported moves by Mueller and his team, while potentially significant, would not be surprising, especially with the heads of the top intelligence agencies that publicly stated during the 2016 campaign Russian Federation had hacked the American election.
The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.
The special counsel is also seeking documents from the National Security Agency relating to its interactions with the White House on the Russian Federation connection investigation. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over FBI Director James Comey. The president might want to consider finding an actual expert in criminal law to represent him; this investigation is extensive, serious and possibly career-ending for a growing list of figures, which now certainly includes the president.
In a survey of registered voters, 45 percent said they trust Comey to tell the truth, while 32 percent said they trust Trump. A grand jury in Alexandria, Va., has issued subpoenas for records related to Flynn’s businesses and finances.
When you combine it with the apparent, and I say apparent, conversation between Trump and the DNI and NSA trying to sop the investigation in other ways, that is worth investigating someone for obstruction of justice.
“Nobody has an obligation to sit for an interview”.
“While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so”, Sarah Sanders, a White House spokesman said. The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and representatives of Russia’s government.
Allies have even floated the idea that Mueller may be fired.
The Associated Press has requested the same records. When asked about a letter he wrote recommending firing Comey, Rosenstein said that Mueller could be looking into the decision-making process for the firing – and he was therefore “not at liberty to talk about that now”.
The report that Trump himself is being scrutinized for obstruction of justice served to undercut Trump’s claims.