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FILE - In this May 4, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday, May 12, 2017, that James Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations. Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under FBI investigation. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump lashed out amid reports that he's being investigated for obstruction of justice


UPDATE 8:23 a.m. EST:  Trump said "bad and conflicted people" are leading a "witch hunt."

UPDATE June 15, 7:18 a.m. EST:  Trump called the "collusion with Russia story" phony.

ORIGINAL STORY:  Special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to spearhead the Russia investigation, is reportedly interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a broadening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, according to the Washington Post. The report surfaced just days after ex-FBI director James Comey testified on Capitol Hill in which he assured Trump that he was not personally under investigation.

Officials, however, said there was a change in the investigation's trajectory after Comey's unexpected ousting in early May.

Five officials with direct knowledge of the investigation said Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, Roger's recently departed deputy, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's people as early this week. 

In a statement, the NSA said it will "fully cooperate with the special counsel" and declined to offer further details. The office of the director of national intelligence and Ledgett declined to comment.

The White House is referring all questions concerning the Russia investigation to Trump's attorney, Marc Kasowitz. “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.

The officials said Coats, Rogers and Ledgett would appear voluntarily, but it remains uncertain if they will describe their conversations with Trump or other officials in detail or if they will be directed by the White House to invoke executive privilege. But based on a Supreme Court ruling stemming from the Watergate scandal, officials are unable to use privilege to withhold evidence in criminal prosecutions.

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