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Special Counsel's Office Interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

21 September, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Special Counsel's Office Interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appointed in May in the wake of Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, took over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians in that effort.

In recent weeks, Mueller's office sent a document to the White House that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about.

Mueller also asked for any email or document the White House holds which relates to Manafort, the people briefed on the requests said.

The president's legal team declined to comment.

Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates has said she warned White House counsel Don McGahn in late January that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail because he had not been truthful with the White House about his conversations with Kislyak.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about President Donald Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Of particular interest to Mueller's team are records of the meeting Trump had with Russian government officials in the Oval Office on the day after he fired Comey.

The fact that Mueller's team would speak with Rosenstein is not surprising given his direct involvement in Trump administration conversations that preceded the May 9 ouster and the evolving White House explanations of it.

Mueller, himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, ultimately reports to Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the probe.

The allegation of criminality was lobbed at Trump after Comey said that he had been pressured to end the investigation into Flynn.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters last month that "the president weighed in" on the Trump Tower meeting "as any father would based on the limited information he had".

Unidentified officials previously told the Washington Post this summer that Mueller was looking into the possibility that Trump obstructed justice. "There is no escaping this thing, whatever the conclusions".

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