The Senate Intelligence Committee will not investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice as part of its probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reported.
The decision came after leaders of the Senate panel met with special counsel Robert Mueller.
"Obstruction is criminal — there's a criminal aspect to that," committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, told CNN. "It's never been part of our" investigation.”
Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chairman, told the news network: "The criminal piece of the investigation will be handled by the special counsel, but if we find facts we can turn this over to the special counsel" and "report them" to Mueller's office.
The Washington Post has reported that Mueller is investigating Trump for possible obstruction.
The intelligence committee has already heard sworn testimony from James Comey about what steps Trump allegedly took to get the former FBI director to back off his probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
It also also heard from Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Comey-Trump meeting and talked to several high-ranking officials about whether the president tried to interfere with the Russia probe, CNN noted.
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