Robert Mueller, the special counselor in charge of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the Trump transition team’s potential collusion with them, has taken the first major steps in his probe. Mueller has been briefed on the contents of former FBI Director James Comey’s memos, in which he documented his conversations with the President.
One of the memos details the conversation in which Trump asked Comey to end the Bureau’s investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
Since taking over the investigation, Mueller has visited FBI headquarters to meet with the agents who have already been working on the case.
Mueller’s case will likely focus on Trump’s obstruction of justice. As a key witness, Comey will most likely not testify for the House or Senate Intelligence Committees until after he has spoken with Mueller.
A source for CNN explained:
“There’s no way in the world Mueller wants his witness testifying. He wants to question him before anyone else does but before that he’ll have to go through tons of documents.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman, Richard Burr (R-NC), and Vice Chairman, Mark Warner (D-VA), have both expressed a desire to meet with Mueller regarding Comey’s impending testimony.
“Our hope is that the chairman and I will be able to sit down and again just kind of get the rules of the road for us going forward with Director Mueller,” Warner said.
Evidenced by Mueller’s quick action in this investigation, Trump’s schemes are likely to be exposed sooner rather than later. The White House has played Americans for fools long enough; it is only a matter of time before the President is forced to answer for his decidedly illegal actions.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.