How the courts, not Congress, could protect the Mueller probe

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As the special counsel's team prepares a report on their findings on Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election, two people familiar with the probe have said that the investigation may include an obstruction of justice inquiry involving Trump, according to The Washington Post. The special counsel has reportedly made requests for documents and an interview from a third oligarch who has not recently visited the U.S.

Gowdy, who won't be seeking reelection in 2018, said he believes Mueller is a fair prosecutor and reiterated that Trump should sit down with the special counsel.

The network's reporting has revealed a new string being pulled in the ever growing Mueller probe, with investigators' interest in oligarchs previously unknown.

Mueller told Trump's lawyers last month that he does not consider the president to be a criminal target at this point in his investigation into Russia's election meddling, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

They believe Mueller would only go after the President if there is something momentous or indisputable evidence, one of the sources said.

While Mueller's description of the president's status suggests he is not a target of a criminal investigation, his lawyers are continuing negotiations with Mueller's team about a possible testimony from Trump regarding the investigation into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives. In recent months, however, it has stopped at least two Russian oligarchs whey they arrived at United States airports to question them.

Meanwhile, Mr Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort will try to convince a federal judge to throw out criminal charges filed against him by Mr Mueller, arguing Mr Mueller has overstepped his legal authority.

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The network said the special counsel has intensified its focus on whether money flowed into the USA presidential race from Russian Federation.

Dowd has since left Trump's legal team.

The sources did not share the names of the oligarchs but did describe the details of their interactions with the special counsel's team. Sirica meant to install a new special counsel to complete the work of two Watergate grand juries. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

The special counsel's office is pursuing at least two independent lines of inquiry: whether the president colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election, and whether he attempted to scuttle the investigation that ensued.

In addition to questioning the Russians, Mueller's team has also searched the electronic devices of at least one of the oligarchs. He has repeatedly called the investigation a "witch hunt" that has unfairly sullied his administration and hampered his ability to accomplish his policy agenda.

Mueller's probe has thus far resulted in guilty pleas or indictments of four former Trump associates.

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