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The Latest: Paper says Mueller probe looking at obstruction

Associated Press logo Associated Press 15/06/2017

WASHINGTON — The Latest on probes into possible contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russia (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

The Washington Post is reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Accusations of obstruction arose when last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was fired "because of the Russia investigation."

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

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."

The Post report cites anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators. It was not known whether the FBI was the source of the information.

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4:15 p.m.

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign has met with a Senate committee probing the same matter.

The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee say In a statement issued Wednesday that they "look forward to future engagements" with Robert Mueller.

North Carolina Republican Richard Burr and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner aren't providing any other details regarding the meeting.

It comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence.

Those questions were prompted after a friend of President Donald Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.

But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

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