In his new effort to investigate President Trump’s alleged attempts to “obstruct justice”, special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to interview current and former top intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, according to reports by The Washington Post and The New York Times.
The so-called Russian Probe has morphed into a personal investigation of the President as officials adopt a shifting narrative for lack of concrete evidence in tying President Trump to alleged collusion with the Russians to “hack” the 2016 presidential election.
The new “obstruction of justice” accusation came up last month, when news reporters began alleging that President Trump had asked then-FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
That conversation was admittedly leaked by Comey himself in a memo he wrote before Trump abruptly fired him last month. Comey testified that his reason for leaking the memo was so that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would appoint Mueller to serve as special counsel in the investigation.
Now, media sources are raising questions into whether or not “Trump also sought the help of Coats and Rogers to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion between his campaign and Moscow.”
Mueller’s requests to interview intelligence officials “signals that his investigation is expanding to include the possibility that Trump tried to obstruct justice,” according to The Times.
According to The Hill, “During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers repeatedly refused to answer lawmakers’ questions about their conversations with Trump in an open setting, though both said they never felt pressured by the president.”
Coats stated last week that he would be willing to speak of the matter in a closed session on Thursday, according to NBC news.
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