The FBI is set to take control of the Trump administration and its investigations as part of a sweeping reorganization of the FBI that includes a reorientation of the bureau’s investigations of top-level officials, a White House official said Wednesday.
The announcement comes a day after a Washington Post report said the FBI has been quietly laying the groundwork for the FBI’s possible removal from the Trump presidency.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said the bureau is “not at all certain” when it will take over the FBI but that the reorienting of the investigation of the White House will occur “soon.”
The official did not specify when or where the reorganization would take place.
In recent months, the FBI and the Justice Department have been working closely to ensure that senior officials are held accountable for any misconduct that might lead to their removal, the official said.
A key component of the plan is the creation of a task force of top federal prosecutors that will advise the new FBI director on his strategy for pursuing the investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.
The task force would be tasked with reviewing all FBI cases, making recommendations to the bureau for possible prosecution and reviewing the bureau in the wake of any indictments.
The move to create a task group for investigating the Trump team is a major change from the FBI after President Trump’s controversial firing of former FBI Director James Comey last month, which led to the appointment of a special counsel.
The president’s controversial decision sparked a storm of criticism and investigations into potential ties between the White Party and Russian operatives.