How can a country that was founded on the rule of law end up with a president who is so unfit to serve that he has led a criminal investigation into his former national security adviser?
In his first months in office, President Donald Trump has already ordered a wide-ranging investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the election in his favor.
But in the wake of the new charges against his former adviser, it is possible that a more sweeping inquiry may not be possible.
What follows are 10 facts that may not matter much if Trump is impeached and the American people decide that his presidency is over.
The FBI investigation is so wide-reaching that it could encompass more than just Trump’s campaign and administration.
A special counsel is examining whether there is any criminal wrongdoing by Trump, including any possible collusion between the Trump administration and Russia.
In an interview with the Associated Press, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that the FBI is probing “any links or coordination between the campaign and any foreign entity or any individual associated with the campaign.”
Wray, who was fired by Trump in May, said that investigators are looking at “any interactions between the Russian government and the Trump transition team or Trump associates.”
Trump’s top lawyer, Ty Cobb, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Trump team did not know about any meeting between Russia and Trump until last summer, when it was revealed that the Russians had been paying a former British spy, Christopher Steele, to compile a dossier on Trump.
The report, which was later discredited, led to Trump’s impeachment.
The investigation is examining possible collusion with the Trump camp, which has also been called a “shadow campaign” by Trump.
Trump has accused the media of “fake news” and has called the media “the enemy of the American People.”
The White House has denied any collusion, saying that its “team” had no knowledge of any such meetings or any discussions about the dossier.
Trump himself has admitted to being part of a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in June.
But he has not been arrested or charged.
Trump is facing an investigation into possible obstruction of justice for firing FBI Director James Comey.
On Monday, Trump said that he was not trying to obstruct justice because Comey was not a “good guy” and that he did not want him to be fired.
Comey testified before Congress that Trump asked him in February to drop the FBI’s investigation into former national intelligence director James Clapper.
There are multiple criminal charges in the case.
The Justice Department filed charges on Tuesday in the Eastern District of Virginia against former national defense adviser Michael Flynn, former White House national security aide Stephen Miller and former national political director Rick Dearborn, and they accuse them of conspiring to commit a crime against the United States by “engaging in a pattern or practice of obstruction of a federal investigation.”
The charges were unsealed in a court order on Wednesday.
The White Hill police department is investigating possible links between Flynn and Russian spies, according to an internal memo obtained by The Washington Post.
The memo, dated June 24, 2016, and obtained by the Post, said Flynn had an arrangement with a Russian spy network that he used to recruit Russian military officers and others to serve as paid intermediaries in Ukraine.
The officers were recruited through intermediaries and paid to discuss Russian issues, according the memo, which is not a criminal charge.
The House Intelligence Committee has been investigating the Trump White House since October and the investigation has included a review of Trump campaign contacts with Russia.
A former top intelligence official told the committee that he believes there are “multiple layers” of criminal activity involving the Trump presidency, including a cover-up.
Trump was asked about the Russia investigation during a televised interview on Thursday.
“There are a lot of people in the intelligence community that are looking into it,” he said.
“I know the Russians.
I know they’re doing a lot.”
He added, “We don’t know everything, but we know what we’re doing.”
Trump faces another challenge from within his own administration.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is conducting an investigation and is expected to release its findings on Monday.
The committee has been led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat who has said she has been frustrated by the slow pace of the FBI investigation.
The probe is looking into whether Trump campaign associates colluded in Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
There is no indication that any of the Russian operatives or their families will be indicted, at least not in part because Trump and his team are reluctant to take the stand to testify.
In recent weeks, Trump has refused to speak with Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr and has also not spoken publicly about the probe.
The senators have said that they will not discuss the issue at their June 20 meeting, but Trump has not indicated that he will comply with the rules.
There has been a growing pressure on the Trump family to cooperate with the investigation, including his eldest