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Several Steps Remain Before Mueller Can Start Probe

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By    |   Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:21 AM

There are several steps former FBI Director Robert Mueller must take while preparing to get the investigations underway into Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign, including submitting a budget and finding place for his team to work.

The first requirement, reports The Washington Examiner, will be for Mueller to submit his budget within 60 days, beginning when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein first appointed him.

The budget will be for the first fiscal year Mueller's staff is operating, and he can amend it if he needs to do so. If the probe goes beyond a year, Mueller will need to submit additional budgets to keep his financing.

He must also find a place from where to conduct the operation. He can use space that's under the FBI or Justice Department, but may also choose to use separate facilities.

Mueller must also select a team for the investigation. He can use Justice Department or FBI employees, but may also choose to use outside investigators and staff, or a combination of people.

The former director is to not only investigate "any links and/or coordination" concerning Russian meddling in the election, but also has the authority to investigate matters arising from the investigation, meaning the scope could widen as the probe continues.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is weighing whether it can undermine the investigation before it gets underway, according to a Reuters report quoting people familiar with White House thinking. 

Hours after Rosenstein appointed Mueller on Wednesday, White House officials started reviewing the Code of Federal Regulations, a rule restricting newly hired government lawyers from investigating clients from their prior law firms for two years after they are hired. The rule had been initially for one year, but Trump in January signed an executive order to extend that period to two years.

WilmerHale, Mueller's former law firm, represents both Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign manager Paul Manafort. However, legal experts told Reuters the Justice Department can waive the ethics rule.

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