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Mueller may begin interviewing White House staff later this week: report

Greg Nash

Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team could begin conducting interviews with current and former White House aides as early as this week, CNN reported Tuesday.

Two sources familiar with the matter told the news outlet that interviews could be begin later this week, with one warning that it could be delayed until next week.

CNN reported earlier this month that Mueller is seeking to interview White House staffers who were present at the time President Trump dictated Donald Trump Jr.’s initial statement on a controversial meeting he had with a Russian lawyer ahead of the 2016 presidential election in which he sought damaging information about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

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The investigative team is reportedly interested in speaking with those who were witnesses or involved in how the misleading statement came to be. Trump Jr.’s first response on the matter claimed that he “primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children,” though email correspondence he released made clear that he and other campaign officials had been seeking dirt on Clinton. 

Other reports surfaced that the special counselor is interested in all the documents, emails and other materials related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, and the president’s subsequent Oval Office meeting with top Russian officials in which he boasted about the dismissal and said it took pressure off his administration.

The details of the departure of national security adviser Michael Flynn are also a central interest area in the probe.

Possible witnesses Mueller may approach for interviews include former chief of staff Reince Priebus, former press secretary Sean Spicer, communications director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn, communications adviser Josh Raffel and associate counsel James Burnham, CNN reported.

The special counsel’s office declined CNN’s request for comment about the interviews. 
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