Trump often raises subject of Russia probe with aides without warning: report

Trump often raises subject of Russia probe with aides without warning: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE reportedly brings up special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation of Russian election interference in conversations, despite warnings from his legal team not to talk about the probe.

Current staffers told Politico that Trump frequently broaches the subject in conversations with top aides, including with outgoing communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksWhite House race to replace Hope Hicks has two lead contenders Hicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report Kelly tells White House staff no more personnel changes coming MORE — even though his White House lawyers have told him to avoid in-house talks of the investigation.

Hicks — who has already spent thousands on legal bills throughout the course of the Russia probe due to her close relationship with the president — will likely be the subject of future questioning by the special counsel despite her departure from the White House. 


A Trump administration official told Politico that the discussions put Hicks and others "in a very precarious position.”

According to that official, the conversations on Russia that Trump initiated could lead to aides being questioned in Mueller's probe. 

Hicks gave a testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, one of the congressional panels investigating Russian election interference, just one day before she announced her resignation. 

During her testimony, the longtime Trump confidante did not answer questions related to the Trump transition or first months in the White House, a stretch of time under intense scrutiny by investigators. 

Trump, who has long maintained that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russians over the course of the election, was reportedly upset with Hicks after her testimony for saying she told "white lies" in her post. 

Hicks clarified in the session that she never lied about any matter pertaining to the Russia investigation.