Trump Asked 2 People About Their Interviews With Mueller

Trump Asked 2 People About Their Interviews With Mueller

Trump Asked 2 People About Their Interviews With Mueller

In another, Trump asked the former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, how his interview with Mueller's team had gone, and whether the prosecutors had been "nice", the report said. McGahn didn't deny it, and ultimately reminded Trump that he had, in fact, asked McGahn to contact Rod Rosenstein and make sure Mueller was dismissed. "That [Trump] uses an intermediary to convey a request to the White House Counsel and to suggest that if the request isn't satisfied the counsel will be fired, indicates something about how Mr. Trump is managing his relationship with his lawyer that is profoundly disturbing and dysfunctional", Robert Bauer, who served as general counsel to President Obama, told me.

It can seem numbing, this day-by-day, drip-by-drip Novocaine of news about the details of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. After the article was published, the White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, told McGahn that the President wanted him to release a statement saying that the story was not true, the sources familiar with the conversation said. Trump's questioning of key witnesses about their conversations with investigators could further spur Mueller's obstruction inquiries, according to experts who spoke with the Times.

It's unclear when Trump's conversation with Priebus took place, although the Times reported it happened "in recent months".

The conversations will likely contribute to the obstruction-of-justice case Mueller has been building against Trump since he fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, last May.

The Times cited "three people familiar with the encounters" in its report. He shared no specifics and did not say what he had told investigators, and the conversation moved on after a few minutes, those briefed on it said. The White House counsel has always walked a fine line in prioritizing the protection of the Oval Office over the person that occupies it.

The special counsel's investigation is now one of several probes looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign associates have any ties with Russians.

As things progressed, however, Trump's defense team began structuring a legal argument around the claim that Mueller has not met the required standard to merit an interview with Trump, and that a potential interview could set a risky legal precedent.

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