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Probe by U.S. special counsel is a criminal investigation: Blumenthal
May 18, 2017 / 8:52 PM / in 5 months

Probe by U.S. special counsel is a criminal investigation: Blumenthal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The special counsel appointed to look into links between Russian officials and U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign is conducting a criminal investigation, including whether there was any obstruction of justice, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) questions Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was named on Wednesday as a special counsel to lead the probe, is conducting an investigation “of criminal allegations that are extremely serious, including possible obstruction of justice,” Blumenthal told reporters after senators met Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Peter Cooney

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