At a ‘campaign rally’ in West Virginia President Trump mocked the Russia investigation. But as it unfolds it his allies in D.C. are taking it more seriously.
The Russian investigation is getting bigger, in size and in scope.
Robert S. Mueller, the special prosecutor leading the Russian investigation, has built a team of seasoned prosecutors with more than a century of legal experience, The Washington Post reported.
The Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein – who took charge in the Russian investigation after the Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself – has given Mueller the freedom to look into anything that he finds in the course of his investigation, Rosenstein said Sunday.
Rosenstein said that Mueller can investigate any crime that turns up in the course of his investigation, but also said that Mueller is not leading a “fishing expedition” into Trump and his associates.
Mueller has expanded the investigation to Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, financial crimes, and former FBI director James Comey’s obstruction of justice claims, the Atlantic reported Thursday.
The investigation has revealed the extent of the Trump campaigns Russian connections.
Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian government connected lawyer to get dirt on Hillary Clinton after the lawyer offered help, which Trump Jr. revealed in emails that he released after The New York Times obtained copies of them.
Former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort, Carter Page, and Flynn have had business connections that were previously hidden, revealed, the Times reported.
The Russian investigation has been expanded and protected by Congress.
Republican committeees in the Senate and House are leading bilateral independent investigations into Russia’s involvement in the election, and both committees have promised to take their investigations where the facts lead, Vox reported.
Democratic and Republican legislators are writing bills to protect Mueller’s position and make sure that Trump cannot fire him, The Guardian said Thursday.
Finally, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, Mueller has set up a grand jury. That gives Mueller subpoena power and the ability to indict people tied to the investigation.
The Russian investigation could take years to resolve, but one thing is clear now more than ever. It’s not going away any time soon, it’s getting more serious, and there is little Trump can do to control it at this point.