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The special counsel's investigation may expand to include AG Jeff Sessions

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The special counsel's probe into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian officials during the 2016 election may expand to include Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to the Associated Press. Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to head the independent investigation, may explore the roles of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

This means that the special counsel has assumed a broad mandate in his new role--consolidating the investigation that also includes Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Manafort was pressured to resign in August after questions surfaced about his past business dealings in Ukraine.

Months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia investigations after he failed to disclose a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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