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WashPost: Mueller Team to Interview 6 Current, Former Trump Aides on Russia

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By    |   Friday, 08 Sep 2017 04:38 PM

Russia special counsel Robert S. Mueller has told the White House that his team will seek to interview six current and former advisers, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, in his probe of Moscow's meddling in last year's election, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The Post cited "people familiar with the request."

Those currently in the administration that have attracted Mueller's interest include interim White House communications director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn, and one of his deputies, James Burnham, the Post reported.

Besides Priebus, the other former aides include Hicks' predecessor, Sean Spicer, according to the report.

Mueller's investigators may also query Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who works closely with President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

In addition, "White House officials are expecting that Mueller will seek additional interviews, possibly with family members, including Kushner," according to the Post.

The newspaper reported that "each of the six advisers was privy to important internal discussions that have drawn the interest of Mueller's investigators," including President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May.

The aides also most likely knew about the White House's initial response to warnings from former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates about ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.

Trump fired Flynn in February amid questions about his disclosures to Vice President Mike Pence on his Moscow connections.

Yates was dismissed by the president in January for refusing to enforce his travel ban.


Further, "the advisers are also connected to a series of internal documents that Mueller's investigators have asked the White House to produce," the Post reported, "citing people familiar with the special counsel's inquiry."

No interviews have been scheduled, however, according to the Post.

Spicer declined to comment, the newspaper disclosed, while Priebus did not respond to a request seeking comment.

Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, declined to comment on behalf of current White House aides McGahn, Burnham, Hicks and Raffel.

He also declined to discuss the specifics of Mueller's requests.

"Out of respect for the special counsel and his process and so we don't interfere with that in any way, the White House doesn't comment on specific requests for documents and potential witnesses," Cobb told the Post.

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Russia special counsel Robert S. Mueller has told the White House that his team will seek to interview six current and former advisers, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, in his probe of Moscow's meddling in last year's election, The Washington Post reported...
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