Special Prosecutor Mueller Asks White House for Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President
In May this year, President Donald Trump met with Russian officials in the Oval office and boasted about his firing of former FBI director James Comey. He told the Russians that firing Comey relieved him of “great pressure.”
Well, Trump may come to regret that meeting.
Days after firing Comey, Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then Russian Ambassor to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak at the Oval Office, and revealed some classified information to them.
On Wednesday special prosecutor Robert Mueller III asked the White House to produce documents relating to Trump’s actions since becoming president, prominent among them, his White House meeting with the Russian officials and the firing of the former FBI director.
The request by Mueller shows how broad his inquiry has become and how close he is getting to the president.
The New York Times reports that in recent weeks Mueller’s office sent a “document to the White House that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about.”
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.”
“The request by Mueller shows how broad his inquiry has become and how close he is getting to the president.”
Besides information relating to the meeting with the Russians and the firing of James Comey, Mueller’s office is also looking for documents pertaining to the firing of former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.
“Mr. Mueller has also requested documents about the circumstances of the firing of Michael T. Flynn, who was Mr. Trump’s first national security adviser. Additionally, the special counsel has asked for documents about how the White House responded to questions from The Times about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. That meeting was set up by Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, to get derogatory information from Russians about Hillary Clinton.”
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 can’t comment on any specific requests being made or our conversations with the special counsel,’’ Cobbs told New York Times.
Mueller is also investigating actions by Trump Jr., Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner and more.
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