Five different sources, USA officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence; Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency; and Rogers' recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.
Mueller has brought with him three members of his law firm, WilmerHale, who have justice department and law enforcement backgrounds.
Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story". Trump denies it even though he has the authority under the Constitution to fire Comey for any reason or no reason at all. And the president has only himself to blame. "Witch Hunt", Trump said in an early morning tweet.
The marathon of high-profile congressional hearings continues Tuesday with a session scheduled by the Senate Judiciary Committee's panel on crime and terrorism.
A spokesman for Trump's personal attorney had strong words in response to the news.
The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump s presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing. A White House spokeswoman referred questions about why no one in the administration was able to halt the apparent self-sabotage to Trump's outside lawyer, Mark Kasowitz. "I can go around them", the tweet read. Trump's tweet immediately sparked concern in Congress he might try to do so.
On Thursday Trump derided a "witch hunt" against him, led by some "very bad" people.
Though Rosenstein did not explain what prompted the statement, many political observers connected it to recent reports that special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the DOJ investigation into Russian election meddling, is also investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
Yet, the president's tweet contradicts his own comments about how and when he made a decision to fire Comey.
Those who have agreed to be interviewed include: Dan Coats, director of national intelligence; Mike Rogers, chief of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, who recently left his post as deputy to Rogers.
But after saying for weeks publicly that he wasn't personally under investigation, the president for the first time acknowledged the opposite: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" A day later, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel. "And the statute actually calls for that, so that was ignored". So far, he said, Mueller had done nothing to warrant removal. "It's just unbelievable. It's off the charts".
As for the hostile scrutiny the special counsel team is likely to endure as the investigation gets going, Greenberg predicted they were equal to it. "It's just insane, and I don't know what this guy was thinking, this deputy attorney general".
"This is odd", Putin said.
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe also makes an appearance on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon - ostensibly about the bureau's FY 2018 budget, but other topics could come up.
Comey need not flee America.