For months, President Trump has been obsessed — publicly and privately — with clearing his name in relation to the ongoing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with members of his campaign.
Trump, we know now, repeatedly asked then-FBI Director James Comey whether he, personally, was under investigation. On three occasions, Comey said he was not.
“I know I’m not under investigation,” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt in a May 11 interview that came just two days after Trump had fired Comey over, according to the President, the FBI director’s handling of the Russia investigation. “I’m not talking about campaigns. I’m not talking about anything else,” Trump added. “I’m not under investigation.”
That isn’t true anymore, according to reporting by The Washington Post on Wednesday night. That report makes clear that three senior intelligence officers — Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and and former NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett — are being interviewed this week by special counsel Bob Mueller as he looks into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russia case.
A source familiar with the matter later told CNN that Mueller’s investigators have asked for information and will talk to Coats and Rogers.