"This is absurd", Sanders said.
Friday's New York Time's report said the intelligence officials had to consider whether the president's actions had constituted a "threat to national security". Trump has repeatedly slammed the Mueller investigation as a "witch hunt" and insisted there was "NO COLLUSION" with Russian Federation.
In a letter Trump planned to send Comey after his sacking he mentioned the Russian Federation investigation, and in an interview with NBC News days after Comey's firing he said he had sacked Comey because of "this Russian Federation thing".
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Mueller raised the possibility of follow-up questions but that the president's outside legal team told the special counsel before Christmas that Trump would not respond. There's no indication that Mueller is continuing to pursue the counterintelligence matter. And this is the investigation they opened after Comey was sacked.
Mr. Whitaker took over supervision of Mr. Mueller's investigation on 7 November after President Trump appointed him as the chief U.S. law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted.
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Unite, the country's largest manufacturing union, said it would be pressing the vehicle maker to safeguard its members' jobs. Ninety percent of its vehicles are diesel-powered, although it has been investing in new electric and hybrid vehicles.
The overall investigation is looking into Russian election interference and whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Russians.
"Not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security", Baker said in his testimony, portions of which were read to The New York Times.
Josh Campbell, former special assistant to Comey who resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a year ago, told CNN on Friday that the Times' report is alarming because of the level of approval the counterintelligence inquiry required.
"I have no concerns about Cohen at all because I can prove with very little effort that he is a total, complete and absolute liar", Giuliani told The Hill.
Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in August 2018 was convicted of financial crisis and later pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the USA and conspiring to obstruct justice.