Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Mueller requests docs, details behind Comey's firing

Deputy AG interviewed by Mueller's office report Greg Nash
Erik Tate | 22 September, 2017, 00:39

In addition to seeking documents about the firing of National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, The Times also reported - according to White House officials interviewed - that Mueller is interested in an Oval Office meeting Trump had with Russian officials.

Regarding Comey, Mueller has asked for all documents related to meetings between Trump and Comey while Comey served at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, records of any discussions regarding Comey's firing and any documents related to a statement by then-press secretary Sean Spicer made on the night Comey was sacked.

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".

And a new report from Michael Schmidt of the New York Times claims that Mueller's team recently asked the White House for more information on 13 different topics.

Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling requests from Mueller's office, told Reuters, "Out of respect for the special counsel and its process, the White House does not comment on exchanges between the special counsel and the White House".

The Washington Post also reported that Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, offered to provide briefings on the state of the election to a Russian billionaire with links to the Kremlin.

Trump raised eyebrows when he dismissed Comey, a decision he told NBC's Lester Holt was related to the Russian Federation investigation, then headed by the former director.

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The list of categories from Mueller reads like a greatest hits of the Trump team's missteps. He officially resigned - reportedly at the request of the president - in February after his contacts with Russian Federation came to light.

Asked if he thought special counsel Robert Mueller was moving beyond his investigative authority, Pence replied, "Well, I think that's for others to say". Yates has said that before her firing, she had raised concerns with McGahn that Flynn was misleading White House officials on his contact with foreign figures. "It obviously is relevant to his reasons for firing Comey, and thus to the obstruction investigation", O'Sullivan wrote.

It's the clearest signal yet that Mueller's investigation is reaching right into the Oval Office, right up to the Resolute desk.

He was said to believe they may have been witness to events and discussions that he is investigating, including the decision to fire Mr Comey.

President Trump has denounced the investigation calling it "a witch hunt".

The previous night, Trump had tweeted that Comey "was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!"

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