Senate committee to consider bills to protect special counsel Mueller next week


WASHINGTON | The special counsel investigating Russian election meddling has requested extensive records and email correspondence from the White House, covering everything from the president's private discussions about firing his FBI director to his White House's handling of a warning that the Trump national security adviser was under investigation, according to two people briefed on the requests.

While weeks of steady leaks about the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe revealed that special prosecutor Robert Mueller is zeroing in on Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, and Michael Flynn, his erstwhile national security adviser, two new reports suggest that the former F.B.I. director has begun to train his focus on the president himself.

Trump said in August that he would not fire Mueller after several reports indicated he was at least considering getting rid of the special counsel.

Specifically, Mueller appears to be closely going through White House documents about most of the key events related to potential collusion and potential obstruction of justice, with a close focus on just what President Trump's role was.

In recent weeks, Mr. Mueller's office sent a document to the White House that detailed 13 different areas that investigators want more information about. That day, Trump met with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey I. Kislyak, along with other Russian officials.

Administration lawyers have been scouring White House emails and asking officials for any documents or notes that pertain to the request, according to the report.

Additionally, they are looking at how the White House responded to a Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer in June 2016.

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"I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was insane, a real nut job", Trump reportedly said during the May conversation in the Oval Office, according to the Times.

As part of that effort, Mr. Mueller's prosecutors have.

In response, Trump Jr. released a statement claiming that the meeting was "primarily" about "a program about the adoption of Russian children".

"So what happened with respect to that meeting is critically important, as well as what happened with respect to firing James Comey, the FBI Director".

There are 1 comment on the USA Today story from 20 hrs ago, titled Senate panel to consider bills to protect special counsel Mueller from being fired. 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. The phone calls took place in late December, around the same time the Obama administration was announcing sanctions to punish Russia for what USA officials said was a Russian campaign to disrupt the November presidential election.

The White House is committed to fully cooperating with the special counsel, he added.

Comey was sacked in May, while he was leading the Russian Federation investigation.