White House Reportedly Told By Mueller To Save All Documents Related to Don Jr. Meeting
According to a new report by CNN, the White House has received a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller asking that its staff save all documents related to the June 2016 meeting Donald Trump Jr. arranged with a Russian lawyer in order to gather dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. That meeting was also attended by then-campaign chief Paul Manafort and current White House senior advisor Jared Kushner.
The letter Mueller sent is known as a document preservation request and reads as follows:
“As you are aware the Special Counsel’s office is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump. Information concerning the June 2016 meeting between Donald J Trump Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya is relevant to the investigation.”
Last week, it was reported that due to White House staff getting involved in crafting the initial response to the Trump Jr. meeting story, those aides and staffers had opened themselves up to scrutiny from the special counsel. It was further noted at that time that Kushner’s legal team and the White House had been working for weeks on a way to deal with the inevitable fallout from Trump Jr’s emails.
The revelation of the Mueller letter to the White House comes in the wake of various reports that the Trump team is looking to discredit the special counsel probe. While Trump aides and lawyers are digging into the investigators’ pasts to find damaging information to question their credibility, Trump is inquiring about his pardoning powers.
Watch the report above, via CNN.
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