Mueller Probe Zeroes In On Actions Trump Took In The White House

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The New York Times, which first reported the request for documents, said Mueller wants documents from 13 different areas including Trump's firing of former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Besides information relating to the meeting with the Russians and the firing of James Comey, Mueller's office is also looking for documents pertaining to the firing of former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn.

Mr Mueller's latest request for documents, as reported by the New York Times, indicates that several aspects of Mr Mueller's investigation focus on Mr Trump's conduct in the White House. That day, Trump met with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the United States at the time, Sergey I. Kislyak, along with other Russian officials.

Mueller has also asked for all records related to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer hosted by the president's son, as well as all documents related to the White House's response to the publication of that meeting in July 2017.

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Two bills that could curb the power of President Donald Trump's administration to fire special counsel Robert Mueller are set for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Painter explained. "He has the power to fire the FBI director but not in order to obstruct an investigation of the collusion with Russian Federation".

The inquiry from Mueller's team, who is leading the investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 presidential election, suggests that the investigation is moving into a new phase inching closer to the president.

The request by Mueller shows how broad his inquiry has become and how close he is getting to the president.

"We can't comment on any specific requests being made or our conversations with the special counsel", he said.

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Then the day after he was sacked, President Trump pulled then-FBI Director James Comey aside to talk.

Mueller's team has not reached out for any additional documents or information from Trump.

"If he fired Director Comey in order to put a stop to the Russia investigation - which is basically what he said in the Oval Office with the Russian ambassador - if that's really why Director Comey was sacked, in order obstruct the Russia investigation, that is obstruction of justice, pure and simple", Prof.

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates has said she warned White House counsel Don McGahn in January that deception left Flynn and the White House in a compromised position.

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