Trump Investigation Document Requests Point to Obstruction Charge

Kristopher Drake
September 22, 2017

Mr Mueller is furthermore said to be looking into the Oval Office meeting in which Mr Trump told Russian officials that firing "nut job" Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey in May had relieved "great pressure" on himself.

The document requests are the clearest indication yet that at least some aspects of Mueller's probe are focused on the president's behavior in office.

And a new report from Michael Schmidt of the New York Times claims that Mueller's team recently asked the White House for more information on 13 different topics.

Additionally, the Mueller probe is seeking documents related to the White House's reaction to the revelation of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where top Trump campaign aides and family members met with Russia-linked figures.

Mueller's investigation has taken several dramatic turns in recent months, in which multiple people inside and outside the Trump campaign have caught the special counsel's attention. Special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed in May in the wake of Trump firing FBI Director James Comey, took over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians. So Mueller's team seems to want to know if Trump himself was trying to cover anything up in micromanaging his son's disclosures about the meeting. Mr Flynn wasn't forced out of the White House until about three weeks later, after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with a Russian official, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Mueller's document request does not indicate any examination of Trump's personal finances or business dealings, the report said. Yates has said that before her firing, she had raised concerns with McGahn that Flynn was misleading White House officials on his contact with foreign figures.

The areas include President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey (right).


President Trump has denounced the investigation calling it "a witch hunt".

"Out of respect for the special counsel and his process, the White House does not comment on any specific requests being made or our conversations with the special counsel", White House attorney Ty Cobb said in a statement.

During a May 3 news briefing, Spicer said that "the president has confidence in the director".

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