Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report
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Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 YatesWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? Biden allies see Warren as potential running mate Sally Yates endorses Biden 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 SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings 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 TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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.