Report: Mueller’s Russia Probe Seeks Justice Department Emails on Comey Firing

Investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia election collusion probe have directed the Justice Department to hand over communications on former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, ABC News reports. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the report said investigators are seeking not only emails between Justice Department officials on the matter but also communications with their White House counterparts. The directive, which would mark the first records request by Mueller’s team to the Justice Department, seems to suggest investigators are reviewing whether any officials obstructed the Russia investigation, which had been under Comey’s control until his abrupt dismissal in May. President Trump, who has repeatedly ridiculed the investigation and dismissed claims of Russian election interference, said he was acting on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in firing Comey at the time.