Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE asked former Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente to be interviewed as part of the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. 

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Maddow's team said they had obtained a letter from Boente to Associate Deputy Attorney General Scott Schools, informing him of Mueller's request. 

"The requested interview concerns activities occurring within the bounds and scope of my duties with the Department of Justice. I have no reason to believe that I am a subject or the target of the investigation," Boente wrote. 

 

 

Boente served as acting deputy attorney general in 2017 after Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesThe Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts | Dem holds up passage of key intel bill House Intel votes to release Russia transcripts MORE was fired. 

He currently serves as the acting assistant attorney general of the National Security Division.

"As Acting Deputy Attorney General, I was responsible for the overall operation of the Department of Justice, and given the recusal of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure MORE, the investigation of the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election," Boente said in the letter. 

The letter comes a day after the FBI raided the office of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. 

Cohen's attorney said the raid by the U.S. attorney's office came "in part" from a referral from Mueller.