Mueller team interviewed longtime Trump friend: report

Mueller team interviewed longtime Trump friend: report
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Federal investigators on special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's team have reportedly interviewed President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE's longtime friend and former inauguration committee chairman, Tom Barrack. 

Sources familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Barrack has met with investigators working on the probe into Russian meddling in the election.

Barrack, who has been close with Trump for at least 30 years, has been one of the president's top confidants and worked on fundraising for his presidential inauguration.

The interview reportedly included questions regarding two close friends of Barrack's — former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home MORE and his business associate Richard Gates, both of whom were previously indicted as part of Mueller's probe.

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While the former Trump associates have both been charged with money laundering and conspiracy against the U.S., only Gates has pleaded guilty and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller's investigation. 

Mueller is seeking a sit-down with the president himself, a proposal currently being discussed between Mueller's team and Trump's attorneys. 

Trump said Friday that he would "love to speak" with Mueller to clear his name in the probe he has repeatedly called a "witch hunt," but cited his legal team's reluctance for an in-person interview. The team is reportedly in a "final push" to decide whether to allow the interview. 

Possible questions for such an interview that were leaked earlier this month suggest a focus by Mueller on possible obstruction of justice in the investigation.

— Updated at 2 p.m.