Special counsel Robert Mueller has formally requested documents and information covering a wide range of controversial actions taken by President Trump at the White House, including two firings and an Oval Office meeting with Russian operatives, CNN reports.
One source familiar with the request told CNN that Mueller’s team wants information connected to the Oval Office meeting Trump had with Russian officials in which he bragged about firing Comey, saying “it eased pressure on his White House.”
“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump reportedly said during the May conversation in the Oval Office, according to the Times. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Now, Mueller’s investigators are looking for documents and emails relating to the dismissals of national security adviser Michael Flynn and FBI director James Comey.
Two sources familiar with the matter said Mueller has expressed interest in speaking with former and current White House staffers whom investigators consider witnesses, including 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.
No interviews have been set up yet, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Mueller’s team also approached the White House about interviewing staffers who were aboard Air Force One for the creation of the initial response to news of Donald Trump Jr.’s Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer, sources previously told CNN.
The New York Times also reported Tuesday that Mueller’s office recently sent a document to the White House outlining 13 areas that investigators want additional details on.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on this matter.