The ongoing investigation into connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government has reportedly reached the White House, according to tThe Washington Post.
The Washington Post's sources indicate that a current senior White House adviser, who is identified as being close to the president, is under scrutiny in relation to the ongoing investigation.
In addition to the White House official entangled in the investigation, the probe will reportedly still keep a focus on former administration officials:
The sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Trump campaign and administration but are no longer part of it, including former national security advisor Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
While the probe into the connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is intensifying and operating more publicly, the investigation is still ongoing:
People familiar with the investigation said the intensifying effort does not mean criminal charges are near, or that any such charges will result. Earlier this week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as special counsel and lead the investigation into Russian meddling.
Although the revelation that a White House official has reportedly come under scrutiny in the ongoing probe comes shortly after former FBI Director Mueller was appointed as special counsel for the investigation, the two occurrences are not necessarily related.
Sources familiar with the investigation tell The Washington Post that the probe had recently escalated even before Mueller was brought in.