With everything else that has gone on lately, it can be easy to forget that Robert Mueller is still investigating the Trump campaign for possible ties to Russia and its interference in the 2016 election. As of right now, Muller has announced no charges, but the Washington Post has reported that Mueller will be interviewing several key White House officials.
‘In addition to Priebus, Spicer and Hicks, Mueller has notified the White House he will probably seek to question White House counsel Don McGahn and one of his deputies, James Burnham. Mueller’s office has also told the White House that investigators may want to interview Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who works closely with Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.’
It is also expected that Mueller will seek interviews with several of Trump’s family members including Kushner. Since taking office, Trump has relied heavily upon Kushner and Ivanka’s husband has became one of the president’s most trusted advisers. Kushner’s duties include a wide-range of policy projects including brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.
Ty Cobb, a White House attorney who is helping the administration handle the probe, said that the White House would not provide any comments on this matter out of a desire to respect Mueller and his process.
‘Out of respect for the special counsel and his process and so we don’t interfere with that in any way, the White House doesn’t comment on specific requests for documents and potential witnesses.’
The interviews have not been scheduled yet because Mueller wants to have time to review documents related to this case. The White House has been working for the past few weeks to gather the requested documents for Mueller’s team. WaPo also reports that the nature of the documents requested provide clues as to where Mueller’s investigation is leading.
‘McGahn and Burnham were briefed by then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Jan. 26, days after Trump’s inauguration, about concerns in the Justice Department and FBI that Flynn could be compromised by the Russians. She warned that the FBI knew he was not telling the whole truth — to Vice President Pence and the public — about his December conversations with then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about U.S. sanctions on Russia.’
While the White House has not publicly commented on this matter, Trump has made his thoughts on the Russian investigation crystal clear. In numerous public comments and tweets, Trump has said that he believes the investigation to be a waste of time at best and a “witch hunt” at worst. He accused the Democrats of creating the Russian scandal as a way to excuse Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 election.
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