The special counsel created to investigate Russia's influence on the 2016 election has now expanded its scope and is considering charging Donald Trump with obstruction of justice following his firing of FBI director James Comey. The counsel will be interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of this investigation, according to The Washington Post.
Although Comey had assured Trump that he was not personally under investigation, the scope of the inquiry changed directions shortly after Comey was fired. Investigators will continue to seek evidence of Trump's associates' criminal ties to Russian interference or influence.
The investigation has needed to remain secret and information about it was only given to The Washington Post under conditions of anonymity.
“The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz.
The investigation is currently being helmed by Robert S. Mueller III, who is not publicly disclosing information about his work. It will ultimately be up to Mueller whether or not Trump crossed a line in the firing of Comey. Some news organizations reported that Trump was considering firing Mueller in the wake of these revelations.
Trump, meanwhile, has responded to the news on Twitter:
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