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Politico: WH Staffers Paranoid They May Have Been Secretly Recorded

Politico: WH Staffers Paranoid They May Have Been Secretly Recorded
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By    |   Monday, 04 December 2017 07:56 AM

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is sparking paranoia both inside the White House and among President Donald Trump's former aides and associates, Politico is reporting.

Following plea deals for Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser and one-time campaign aide George Papadopoulos, there are fears that conversations could have been secretly recorded, according to the website.

Flynn has struck a plea deal and has agreed to cooperate with investigators. This came after Papadopoulos also reached a plea deal.

Flynn's plea agreement included a section called "Cooperation," Newsweek noted. That section stipulates that the government could call on him to cooperate by "participating in covert law enforcement activities," the magazine said.

"Everyone is paranoid," one person close to Trump's White House told Politico. "Everyone thinks they're being recorded."

And Solomon Wisenberg, a former deputy for Kenneth Starr's independent counsel probe of President Bill Clinton, said he would be surprised of Mueller's team hasn't employed the use of secret recording devices during the investigation.

"I think they'd be derelict of duty if they didn't use it," he said.

But White House lawyer Ty Cobb, noting legal and ethical questions about secretly recording individuals known to be represented by attorneys, added: "Mueller is too good a professional and too good a prosecutor to tape represented individuals and he doesn't want his office or his important mission to be tainted."

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