Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, that the DoJ is not engaged in a “fishing expedition” in the Russia influence investigation. Any expansion of the Russian investigation, beyond the scope which he says has been laid out privately, would require permission.

Was this a notice to Robert Mueller or just meant to calm the public? Has he given permission?

If special counsel Robert Mueller finds any crime outside the scope of the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, then he’ll have to seek permission, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Sunday.

“Bob Mueller understands and I understand the specific scope of the investigation, and so no, it’s not a fishing expedition,” he said.

Apparently, Mueller has gotten permission to pursue the Michael Flynn case beyond Russia since they are said to be looking at possible kickbacks from the Turkish government, though they could be tied[…]

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