Trump Organization downplays Mueller subpoena as 'old news'
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A lawyer for the Trump Organization downplayed reports that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE had subpoenaed the company for documents, saying it has been cooperating with the investigation and calling the revelation “old news.”

“Since July 2017, we have advised the public that the Trump Organization is fully cooperative with all investigations, including the Special Counsel, and is responding to their requests,” Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the company, said in a statement. “This is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the various investigations remains the same today.”  

The New York Times reported Thursday that Mueller had subpoenaed the Trump Organization. The subpoena covered documents related to Russia and other matters Mueller is investigating, according to the Times. It is not known why Mueller issued subpoenas instead of simply requesting the documents from the company. 

The action is the clearest sign yet of a growing special counsel investigation that could be creeping into Trump’s business empire, which is presently run by his two adult sons, Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpEric Trump: '95 percent of this country' is behind Trump's message Trump Jr. blasts reports of Kushner feud: 'More fake news bulls---' Chicago mayor says waitress crossed 'the line' by spitting on Eric Trump MORE and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE 

Trump has previously said that Mueller would be crossing a “red line” if his investigation expanded beyond Russian meddling into his private business dealings. 

The White House on Thursday declined to address whether Trump viewed the latest development as going beyond the scope of the investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed to a House Intelligence Committee report, authored by Republicans, that cleared the Trump campaign of allegations of collusion.

“We'll continue to cooperate with the office of the special counsel and look forward to them to coming to the same conclusion,” Sanders said.

That report has been disputed by Democrats on the panel.