Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.
But Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who initially praised Mueller's selection, said he has changed his mind because the special counsel is hiring some "bad people". Besides what Comey told Coats, the National Intelligence Director and CIA Director Mike Pompeo were asked by Trump, after a briefing on March 22, to intervene with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director to pressure Comey to stop the probe on Flynn.
NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines told NPR's Phil Ewing, "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".
Look, my position is that Mueller is a man of integrity, but we all know in the history of these special investigations, they go far and wide, and they go well beyond what the original jurisdiction was.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, responded Wednesday evening to the Post report by saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". His comments came just days after explosive comments by ousted FBI director James Comey to the same committee, suggesting that Trump sought to interfere with the investigation.
A senior Democratic congressman has said it would be "the last straw" if Donald Trump fired special prosecutor Robert Mueller - as it was reported that the President was considering getting rid of the man appointed to investigate his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel shortly after Comey's firing. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". "Special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause, and I am required to put that cause in writing".
Rogers and Coats declined Trump's request.
Though obstruction of justice is potentially a criminal charge, the Post reported that Trump is unlikely to be indicted, at least long as he remains the occupant of the Oval Office. "That - that's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out". But Comey did lay out facts that a prosecutor could use to try to prove obstruction, as NPR's Domenico Montanaro noted.
Maybe Trump, who has maintained he never colluded with Russian Federation, should just let someone finally finish one of these investigations. Trump disputed, though, Comey's assertion he had asked for a pledge of loyalty. Rosenstein said he has not discussed the appointment of Mueller with Mr. Trump.
Schiff told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that "I don't think the Congress would sit still and allow the president to pick his own investigator".