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The Senate Intelligence Committee won't investigate possible Trump obstruction of justice


The Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign will not include whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice in the FBI's investigation into similar Russian meddling, CNN reported. Instead, leaving the matter to special counsel Robert Mueller. 

"Obstruction is criminal -- there's a criminal aspect to that. It's never been part of our investigation," committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr told CNN. 

Vice chairman of the committee Sen. Mark Warner confirmed with CNN that any criminal aspects of the investigation will be handled by Mueller, but also said any related information will be given to the special counsel. 

This comes after Mueller, Burr, and Warner met Wednesday in a classified session. 

Senate intelligence has already questioned several officials about whether Trump tried to interfere in the Russian Invitation regarding former national security adviser Michael Flynn, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Director Mike Rogers, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee has also expressed interest in investigating any obstruction of justice by the president. 

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