The ongoing investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia has now apparently ensnared a senior White House adviser to President Trump.
While the adviser’s name has not yet been released, the Washington Post is reporting that the adviser is now a “person of interest” in the FBI’s probe into Team Trump’s ties to Russian officials. Investigators who spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity indicated that the person of interest was someone who was “close to the President,” though no further clarification was added on whether or not the person was a Trump family member or a different White House adviser.
This week, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as the special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the agency’s investigation into the Russian allegations. Mueller headed the agency during both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, and is expected to take several months or even years to thoroughly investigate the claims that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government to win the 2016 election.
Up until this point, the FBI’s investigation focused on key figures of Trump’s inner circle who were no longer involved in his administration, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Grand jury subpoenas issued to Flynn have been rejected by Flynn’s attorneys, putting him at risk of being found in contempt of court.
On Thursday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) told reporters after leaving a meeting with Rosenstein that the inquiry into the Trump campaign appears to have become a “criminal investigation.” While he acknowledged that Mueller’s investigation would supersede ongoing investigations by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, Sen. Graham said that was “the way it should be.”
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.