The FBI and the Department of Justice have opened an investigation into whether President Donald Trump broke the law when he appointed former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as the country’s special counsel, a senior law enforcement official told CNN.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
The move is the latest in a string of revelations about the president’s actions during his term that has been widely seen as politically motivated.
Trump has faced intense criticism for firing former FBI Director James Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau’s investigation into ties between Trump associates and Russia.
The FBI has launched its own probe into possible obstruction of justice in the firing, but it is unclear whether it will find any evidence that Trump did anything wrong.
The president has said that he fired Comey because he was not doing a good job, but the FBI director said he would resign before he would give up his job.
In a statement, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he has been in contact with Trump about the FBI’s findings and was confident that a thorough and impartial investigation was conducted.
“The FBI stands by its report, and I am confident the facts will be fully disclosed to the American people,” Wray told reporters on Thursday.
Trump’s attorney, Marc Kasowitz, has told CNN that Trump will not resign and that he intends to keep his job through the end of the year.
The announcement came as Trump met privately with Comey, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and other top administration officials.
Trump’s administration has faced numerous ethics scandals since taking office.
Wray said in a statement on Thursday that he and Priebus were confident that the investigation into the president would be conducted “without interference from the president or any other person in his role.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The White Hill police union said in an interview with the Associated Press that it was “troubled” by the news.
It called on the FBI to appoint an independent investigator to look into the administration’s alleged misconduct.
“The union believes that the FBI and DOJ need to appoint someone with the independence and expertise to conduct this important investigation without interference from any person or entity,” the union said.
The union said it was concerned about how the FBI would handle the probe.
“I hope the president will come back to the union to talk about the issues that the union is concerned about,” the AP quoted union president Mark Wysopal as saying.
“We have had no contact with the White House.
It’s not our concern.”
The union also called on Comey to recuse himself from any future probes into the Trump administration’s interactions with Russian officials.