The New York Times is reporting today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents from the White House related to some of President Donald Trump’s most notable and controversial actions since he took office, specifically as it relates to the Russia probe.
According to White House officials, the docs the special counsel is seeking out involve the firings of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, as well as Trump’s most scrutinized meeting with foreign leaders in the Oval Office.
Mr. Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director had relieved “great pressure” on him.
The May meeting between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak immediately became noteworthy as it occurred shortly after Comey’s firing. IT was reported after the meeting occurred that Trump told the Russians that firing Comey took “great pressure” off of him as it related to the Russia probe. This came around the same time that he told NBC News’ Lester Holt that the Russia story played a part in his firing of Comey.
As the NYT noted, this document request shows that Mueller’s investigation is keenly interested in the president’s behavior since entering office, among other things.
Meanwhile, it appears that the Mueller investigation is aggressively ramping up. Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort has apparently been told by the Mueller team that he will be indicted. This comes amid news that Manafort was the subject of a wiretap from 2014 until after the election and that Mueller’s focus on Manafort spans 11 years.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Mueller wants to talk to a number of current and former Trump advisors and aides, such as Sean Spicer, Hope Hicks and Reince Priebus. Trump’s lawyers are apparently so spooked about the Russia investigation that they loudly discussed divisions in Team Trump at a D.C. restaurant within earshot of a reporter, who heard them wondering aloud about White House staffers wearing wires.
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