Mueller Wants White House Documents

By on September 21, 2017
Special counsel Robert Mueller

For perhaps the first time in his investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller is actively looking at specific actions President Trump has taken while in office.

According to CNN and other media outlets with sources close to the investigation, Mueller has requested documents from the White House detailing the circumstances surrounding the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as former FBI director James Comey. Additionally, the special counsel is also looking for more information about a May 13 meeting between Trump and a Russian delegation in the Oval Office–a meeting that was closed to the American press.

Reports out of that meeting suggest that Trump, in addition to revealing sensitive classified information, bragged to the Russians about getting rid of Comey as a way to alleviate pressure surrounding the Russia probe.

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump said, according to the New York Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Attorney Ty Cobb, who recently hasn’t had issues talking about the case in public, suddenly had nothing to say when asked about the reports. Citing “respect for special counsel and his process,” Cobb said that, “the White House does not comment on its communications with the special counsel.”

In addition to documents, other sources close to the investigation are reporting that Mueller may be looking at interviewing current and former staffers as potential witnesses to the President’s actions. That list includes former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former press secretary Sean Spicer, White House counsel Don McGahn, and others. To date, however, no actual interviews with current or former White House personnel have been set up.

Along with the Manafort indictment news, this latest reporting suggests that the Mueller investigation is really beginning to heat up.