Mueller 'probing 's attempt to force Sessions out'

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating President Donald for allegedly obstructing justice by trying to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his job, it was reported on Wednesday.

Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between ’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, has been interviewing witnesses in recent months over a series of tweets and statements made by last summer about Sessions.

Both and Russia have denied there was any collusion. 

The special counsel is said to be trying to determine whether wanted Sessions out so that he could appoint a replacement who would then try to interfere with the ongoing Russia probe.

News of Mueller’s line of inquiry was reported on Wednesday by The Washington Post.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating President Donald Trump (seen second from left on Wednesday at the White House) for allegedly obstructing justice by trying to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his job, it was reported on Wednesday

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating President Donald (seen second from left on Wednesday at the White House) for allegedly obstructing justice by trying to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions from his job, it was reported on Wednesday

Meanwhile, officials say that the relationship between and Sessions, the former Alabama senator who was one of the president’s earliest backers, continues to be frayed.

Behind closed doors, associates say that has belittled Sessions by calling him ‘Mr Magoo’ – the famous cartoon character who is known for his nearsightedness as well as his bumbling demeanor.

In public, has gone out of his way to criticize Sessions on numerous occasions in recent months.

The president has been upset with Sessions since the attorney general recused himself from the Russia investigation – an act that views as disloyal.

Sessions has insisted he did the right thing by recusing himself because his being a surrogate during the campaign – as well as his contacts with Russian officials - presented a conflict of interest that precluded him from overseeing the investigation into alleged hacking by the Kremlin.

blames that move for the eventual appointment of Mueller to oversee the sprawling investigation. has not directly attacked the special counsel.

Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, has been interviewing witnesses in recent months over a series of tweets and statements made by Trump last summer about Sessions (right)

Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between ’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, has been interviewing witnesses in recent months over a series of tweets and statements made by last summer about Sessions (right)

Mueller (above), the special counsel, is said to be trying to determine whether Trump wanted Sessions out so that he could appoint a replacement who would then try to interfere with the ongoing Russia probe

Mueller (above), the special counsel, is said to be trying to determine whether wanted Sessions out so that he could appoint a replacement who would then try to interfere with the ongoing Russia probe

The criticism was so harsh that Sessions offered last year to resign, which refused to accept.

has since been relentlessly pressuring Sessions

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