Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently beefed up his investigative team to include 13 new attorneys just as news reports indicated the scope of the Russia investigation was expanding.
And, according to Mueller’s spokesman, Peter Carr, more attorneys are on the way. The new staff — which includes former Enron and Watergate lawyers — came under scrutiny recently for donating to Democrats, CNN reported.
White House advisor Kellyanne Conway highlighted those ties on Twitter on Tuesday:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) June 14, 2017
Mueller reportedly began investigating the president for potentially obstructing justice after he fired former FBI Director James Comey. Trump denounced the Russia investigation as a “witch hunt” and, on Friday, confirmed that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
Mueller’s team of attorneys is also looking into Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s financial and business activity after Kushner met with a Russian businessman in December. Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, appeared to downplay news of the investigation, saying that it was “standard practice” for Mueller to look into “anything related to Russia.”