Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent the Trump Administration a Sunday night surprise when it made a serious request of the Justice Department. According to ABC News, the Justice Department has been asked to hand over a broad array of documents pertaining to Mueller’s investigation into obstruction of justice in Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Trump abruptly fired Comey in May as the FBI Director was ramping up an investigation into then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Mueller’s team has requested all emails pertaining to the firing of James Comey as well as the emails related to the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation when it became clear it would be a conflict of interest; Sessions may have had contacts with Russians during the campaign, and would therefore be investigating himself.
This request is Mueller’s first of the department that is actually overseeing his investigation. That means that the Mueller probe is fast honing its sights on high ranking officials progressively closer and closer to Trump himself. These emails he’s seeking were likely exchanged not only between Justice Department officials, but also between Justice and White House officials as well. That’s a real widening of the net.
Attorney General Sessions has been a man of few words when it comes to his thoughts on Mueller’s Russia Investigation.
Trump, however, hasn’t wasted a single opportunity to express everything from frustration to outright contempt for the idea that Russia had anything to do with his election last November.
Mueller issued indictments in the Russia probe for former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former campaign intern George Papadopoulos at the end of October. Trump responded on Twitter.
….Also, there is NO COLLUSION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 30, 2017
If you have to yell it, you’re probably not selling it.