Trump attacks obstruction of justice probe by former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Mueller

In addition to investigating whether or not Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey, special counsel Robert Mueller is also reportedly investigating "money laundering by Trump associates", the New York Times reports.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Comey said he believed Mueller would look into Trump for obstruction of justice. But that changed shortly after Trump fired Comey last May, the Post's sources said. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who were not involved in his campaign. But the Post reports that the focus is also shifting to Trump himself.

Mr Comey told Congress last week that before being sacked, Mr Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, Mike Flynn, who was forced to quit for lying about his links to Moscow.

In the most famous presidential investigation, Watergate, Archibald Cox was appointed special prosecutor on May 18, 1973 - by June 5, Nixon was complaining about being attacked by Cox.

The move by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump's own conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

The White House now refers all questions about the Russian Federation investigation to Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", spokesman Mark Corallo said.

The officials said Coats, Rogers and Ledgett would appear voluntarily, though it remains unclear whether they will describe in full their conversations with Trump and other top officials, or will be directed by the White House to invoke executive privilege. "This process is opaque and it's created to be so in order to provide Mueller with the decision space to do his investigation, and to try to figure out what the proper course of action should be". He said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had long discussed their concerns with Comey's job performance. That October, Nixon had Cox fired, leading eventually to House impeachment hearings and the president's resignation. Nixon demanded Attorney General Elliot Richardson immediately fire Cox.

The Saturday Night Massacre "released a firestorm of protest, with almost a half million telegrams bombarding the White House in one week", according to the White House Historical Association.

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