Special counsel Robert Mueller's office made a sweeping document request from the Justice Department regarding the investigation as to whether President Donald Trump's attempts to halt investigations into his administration constitute the crime of obstruction of justice, said ABC News on Sunday night.
The request reportedly includes any and all documents and emails related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the decision by Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
A source who has not seen the request but was informed about it told ABC that the directive was issued within the last month and marked the first request for documents from the Justice Department -- which is the governmental body overseeing the investigation.
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein played key roles in Comey's removal. And Sessions has since faced withering criticism from Trump over his recusal and Rosenstein's subsequent appointment of Mueller," wrote Mike Levine.
Sessions told lawmakers in October that he intends to cooperate fully with Mueller, but critics say that his multiple testimonies before Congress about the Russia investigation are full of contradictions and outright lies.