Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over a wide array of documents as part of his ongoing Russia probe, according to ABC News.
ABC on Sunday reported that Mueller’s request during the past month is part of his continuing investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
A source who has not seen Mueller’s specific ask but was informed about it on Sunday told ABC that his team’s investigators are especially interested in some particular documents.
Mueller’s investigators are eager to obtain emails related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey last May.
ABC’s source added that they are also intrigued by such messages about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe last March.
The request marks Mueller’s first to the DOJ, which is the agency overseeing the Russia investigation.
Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein played major roles in Comey’s ouster earlier this year.
ABC’s source noted that Mueller’s team is now seeking not only communications between DOJ officials themselves, but also any similar talks with their White House counterparts.
The network was told that prior to Mueller’s request, investigators asked former senior DOJ officials for information about their tenures at the agency.
Mueller’s latest move suggests he is still examining, among other matters, whether Trump or any of his administration’s officials improperly tried influencing an ongoing federal probe.
Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that he would cooperate with any requests from Muller, adding that he is willing to meet with the special counsel.
Trump has fiercely criticized Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the DOJ’s Russian election meddling investigation earlier this year.
Mueller’s investigation includes potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s election bid last year.
Trump has repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt” against him and his administration’s officials.