Mueller requests White House documents on key Trump-Russia moments

Michele Moreno
September 22, 2017

According to anonymous White House officials, the New York Times reported, Mueller's team sought more information related to 13 areas, including the circumstances around the firing of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey.

Rosenstein made that move after President Donald Trump admitted that firing former FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the Russian Federation investigation, had taken "great pressure" off of him. Trump said at that meeting that Comey's firing had relieved "great pressure" on him.

Lawyers for the White House will cooperate with the document requests, The Associated Press reported, citing unnamed sources.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, has asked the White House for information.

The Washington Post reported that the list includes an Oval Office meeting Trump had in May with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov the day after he fired Comey.

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". "He's going to make the appropriate decisions, and if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse I will".

Cobb was overhead by a New York Times reporter talking out loud earlier this week at a Washington restaurant about wanting to be more transparent than White House counsel Don McGahn in responding to Mueller's inquiries.

Mr Mueller is also believed to be interested in any files relating to the sacking of Michael Flynn, the national security adviser, in February.

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

Mueller III, the special counsel, at the Capitol in June. 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.

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