As Mueller’s investigation continues to gain momentum, some of Trump’s former White House aides are now under the spotlight.
Reince Priebus, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) who became Donald Trump’s chief of staff before resigning in July, was interviewed by Mueller’s team due to his inside knowledge of several questionable actions by Trump during his first days in office. Priebus’ attorney says he was “voluntarily interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller’s team today. He was happy to answer all of their questions.”
Those questions most likely centered around several different specific actions by the president during Priebus’ time as chief of staff. The first was the shocking firing of FBI Director James Comey, a move Priebus had opposed and advised the president against. The firing came along with the revelation that Trump had asked Comey to “go easy” on former advisor, Michael Flynn, who had lied under oath during his confirmation hearings about meetings with Russian government operatives.
The second act Priebus was believed to have answered questions about was Trump’s meeting in the White House Oval Office with Russian officials, the former ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. During that meeting, Trump told the officials that the firing of Comey had relieved pressure on him due to Comey’s investigation into the alleged collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian government operatives, a move that many see as an obstruction of justice, an impeachable offense.
The third act by the president Priebus is believed to have answered questions about was a highly misleading statement written by Trump for his son, Donald Trump Jr., about a meeting held during the campaigns in which Trump, Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Russian officials to, according to their emails, get disparaging information against Trump’s political rival, Hillary Clinton.
According to Politico:
‘Trump allies have been particularly concerned about Priebus, several officials and advisers said, because he was often the target of sharp criticism from Trump in the six months he was chief of staff.
‘Priebus is said to have argued against the Comey firing, and he is not believed to be a target of the investigation.’
Other Trump aides expected to be questioned are his communications director, Hope Hicks, and former press secretary, Sean Spicer.
For more on this story, see video below:
Featured image via Getty/Tom Williams