Mueller Expands Russia Investigation Efforts

Robert Mueller is pictured. (Public domain photo courtesy the Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Robert Mueller, special counsel to the Russia investigation, has increased his efforts in light of the testimonies of several White House officials. Mueller, who was hired several months ago in an effort to uncover information regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, has faced continuous criticisms from the White House.

Mueller has begun to issue subpoenas calling upon officials who have been associates of President Trump to testify regarding their knowledge of undisclosed meetings between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was appointed by Trump earlier this year, was called to the forefront following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and supports these actions by Mueller.

Trump and his supporters maintain that the Russian investigation is merely a witch hunt and that the narrative itself is a fabrication. “But Bob Mueller understands and I understand the specific scope of the investigation and so, it’s not a fishing expedition,” said Rosenstein in an interview with Fox News in response to these accusations.

Mueller is now digging into the specifics of Trumps family finances in order to determine whether any suspicious financial records exist. When asked by the New York Times if this was crossing a “red line,” Trump responded with, “I would say yes.” Mueller is also now investigating potential financial crimes unconnected to last year’s election.

Mueller has been increasing the scope of his investigation to include more members of the Trump campaign. As recent as August 8th, several media outlets reported that the FBI raided the house of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort with a warrant to search the premises and seized documents.

Mueller and Rosenstein have maintained throughout this process that the path of the investigation will follow whichever route the leads take them. Trump, who has stated continually that there was no wrongdoing on his part, has become increasingly hostile towards Mueller and has even issued threats.

The amount of Republicans who support the efforts of Mueller and Rosenstein is increasing as more information about possible interference is published. However, the special counsel continues to face backlash by those loyal to the president.

Trump has allowed Mueller to continue his efforts without many disruptions, but there is significant speculation as to whether or not the president will go as far as to fire the special counsel. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News that “holy hell would break out” if Trump were to fire Mueller without just cause. Graham has even introduced legislation to protect the special counsel from termination by the president.

Any evidence that would break this case wide open has yet to find its way into the public eye, but Mueller is still finding breadcrumbs. While many think that nothing will ever be found, many Americans believe it is only a matter of time before a substantiating piece of evidence is uncovered. Despite the Trump administration’s consistent efforts to downplay the investigation, Mueller and Rosenstein remain committed to determining the degree of Russia’s influence in the 2016 presidential election.

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