Assistant A.G. Rosenstein has warned Robert Mueller not to investigate beyond the Russian interference. He will have to seek permission if he finds some crime outside the scope of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on “Fox News” said:
“Bob Mueller understands and I understand the specific scope of the investigation, and so no, it’s not a fishing expedition.”
After Trump fired James Comey from the FBI Mueller was appointed to oversee the federal Russia probe, which includes a search for possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Because Mueller’s investigation has expanded to look at the finances of Trump and his associates, that gives a concern that Mueller could make it the focus of the probe.
Rosenstein seemed to dismiss this issue. He said: “If there’s evidence of a crime that’s found within the scope of what they have agreed, then Mueller has free rein.” If it’s outside the scope of the probe, Rosenstein said: “he needs to come to the acting attorney general, at this time me, for permission to expand his investigation.”