The FBI considers a senior White House adviser as a “person of Interest” in the investigation into President Donald Trump alleged collusion with Moscow.
According to The Washington Post, citing “people familiar with the investigation,” an unnamed senior administration official has become a “significant person of interest” in the investigation, the first indication that the probe is creeping closer to the Oval Office.
This new information prompted a response from White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
"As the president has stated before — a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity," Spicer said in a statement.
The sources indicated that the individual under investigation is close to President Trump. While this new person is a current White House official, they went on to emphasize the primary focus of the investigation pertains to those individuals who worked on the campaign, but did not join the administration, and no longer have clout with the president. These individuals include former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The Post notes there is no reason to believe criminal charges will follow, though a grand jury was recently impaneled in Alexandria, Va., to issue subpoenas, which could compel the release of documents or interviews with law enforcement.