Mueller makes extensive request to White House for Trump documents
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 22, 2017,
Sep 22, 2017, 0:20
The Post quickly followed with a more detailed breakdown of the 13 categories of Mueller's inquiry.
The areas include President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey (right).
Robert Mueller's investigative team has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of its ongoing investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives. "That meeting was set up by Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, to get derogatory information from Russians about Hillary Clinton".
So with both the Russian Federation angle and the Comey/obstruction angle, it's easy to understand why Mueller is very interested in learning everything he can about this meeting.
Trump's attorney responsible for providing requested documents to special counsel Mueller and congressional investigators, Ty Cobb told Mueller's office he will turn the documents over this week.
"We have cooperated with the special counsel's investigation and we will continue to do that", Pence tells "CBS This Morning" Thursday.
According to the New York Times, "since then, administration lawyers have been scouring White House emails and asking officials whether they have other documents or notes that may pertain to Mr. Mueller's requests".
Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to provide documents related to Donald Trump's most controversial actions since taking office in January, according to two reports on Wednesday. So Mueller's team seems to want to know if Trump himself was trying to cover anything up in micromanaging his son's disclosures about the meeting.
Of the 13 subjects in Mueller's document request, four are related to Flynn.
USA officials said Flynn had told the vice president that he had only exchanged holiday greetings with Kislyak, when in fact the two men had discussed economic sanctions against Russian Federation.
The conversation took place two days after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had interviewed Flynn, but Flynn was not asked to resign until several weeks later, following news reports that said he had discussed sanctions during the transition period with the ambassador, Kislyak.
The White House is committed to fully cooperating with the special counsel, he added. So Mueller is not only focusing on obstruction of justice. "It obviously is relevant to his reasons for firing Comey, and thus to the obstruction investigation", O'Sullivan wrote. Mueller is apparently not content to just look at their words alone, but is willing to examine outside evidence that could point to whether or not Trump acted with "corrupt intent" when he fired Comey.
He said it would be obstruction of justice if Trump fired Comey to stop the Russian Federation investigation, the HuffPost reported.
During a May 3 news briefing, Spicer said that "the president has confidence in the director".