The mainstream media scoffed when President Donald Trump made it clear to Robert Mueller, the head of the supposedly independent Russia investigation, that delving into Trump’s years of financial dealings was overreach.
Now, however, it’s the FBI’s turn to put Mueller in his place.
The FBI released a stark warning to Mueller and his team that any investigative overreach would result in harsh repercussions.
According to The Washington Examiner, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said recently that “Mueller understands that I understand the specific scope of the investigation.”
“So no, it’s not a fishing expedition,” Rosenstein said, adding that Mueller has free rein when it comes to criminal activity found within the scope of his investigation. Anything outside of that jurisdiction, however, is strictly off-limits.
If Mueller wishes to look beyond the initial scope of his inquiry, Rosenstein said, “he needs to come to the Acting Attorney General, at this time me, for permission to expand his investigation.”
osenstein has found himself overseeing the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case. Now, it’s Rosenstein who has the hiring and firing power over Mueller’s probe.
Recent reports showed that Mueller had expanded his investigation greatly by including the president’s former financial dealings as well as people who used to work for him. That expansion became obvious when the FBI raided the house of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Trump was clear in an interview with The New York Times that he found Mueller to be overstepping his boundaries.
I think that’s a violation,” the president said. “Look, this is about Russia.”
Some sources claim that Mueller’s team is digging through financial records that have no relation whatsoever to the 2016 presidential election, according to CNN.
Trump’s lawyer John Dowd said “those transactions are in my view well beyond the mandate of the special counsel.”