Mueller Tells White House to Preserve Documents

By on July 27, 2017
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If the White House was thinking of going on a shredding binge, special counsel Robert Mueller has some bad news for them.

According to CNN’s Dana Bash, Mueller has sent a document preservation request to the administration informing them that they are to preserve any and all information relating to the June 2016 meeting involving Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, a Russian lawyer, and others. A source close to the situation communicated portions of the letter to CNN Friday.


“As you are aware the Special Counsel’s office is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump. Information concerning the June 2016 meeting between Donald J Trump Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya is relevant to the investigation.”

The request is far-reaching in its nature. Any information related to the recent revelations about the meeting, such as emails, text messages, and phone calls, fall under the umbrella and must be preserved as they could be important pieces of evidence as the Russia election meddling investigation unfolds. Since these meetings directly relate to that probe, Mueller is well within his mandate to issue a document preservation request for these materials.

That won’t stop the administration from doing everything it can to thwart Meuller, however. According to recent reports, President Trump has been pressuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, assumedly because he has recused himself from the Russia investigation. If Sessions were to step down, Trump could appoint another AG (pending Senate confirmation) that would be more agreeable to his agenda and would be open to firing Mueller. Such a brazen gesture would likely fan the flames of any obstruction of justice arguments to be made against Trump and his overt effort to undermine the Russia investigation.

If that should happen, it would fall to the House of Representatives to determine whether such actions would be worthy of impeachment, which is still an unlikely scenario.