Special counsel’s investigation growing
The special counsel investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia's government has taken over a separate criminal probe involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and may expand his enquiry to investigate the roles of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told the Associated Press in an interview that he would step aside from any oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller if he were to become a subject of the investigation.
The Justice Department's criminal investigation into Manafort predated the 2016 election and the counterintelligence probe that in July began investigating possible collusion between Moscow and associates of Trump.
Manafort was forced to resign as Trump campaign chairman in August amid questions over his business dealings years ago in Ukraine.
The move to consolidate the matters, involving allegations of misuse of Ukrainian government funds, indicates that Mueller is assuming a broad mandate in his new role running the investigation.