A few days after President Trump fired the FBI director James Comey, he also asked the Justice Department to look into a potentially fraudulent email account.
The DOJ’s inspector general found that the account, used by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was used to contact members of Congress, including the vice president.
Trump’s decision to fire Comey came after Mueller was implicated in a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller’s probe found that Trump, while still president, had directed the FBI to investigate former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia, which he did.
The Justice Department was unable to find evidence that Mueller’s account had been compromised, though the inspector general said the FBI had looked into it.
Mueller had previously been fired by Trump after he admitted that he had lied to investigators about his conversations with Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Trump said at the time that Mueller was “wasting his time” investigating the president’s former campaign associates.
Mueller resigned in March, and Trump had said he would “totally exonerate” him.
In October, Mueller announced that he would resign and would not seek re-election.
But Mueller’s former chief counsel, Jamie Gorelick, said in a letter that Mueller could still be retained to work on the Russia probe.
“The president’s actions on May 9 have damaged Mr. Mueller and his career, but the president cannot fire him from his job as special counsel without giving clear evidence that he was acting within the law, and that he committed no misconduct,” Gorelik wrote.
“This is not a time to allow Mr. Comey to be terminated without giving the American people a full accounting of what occurred.”
Mueller, who is married to Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, is also the first FBI director to be appointed by a Republican president.
He was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday.