March 24, 2018

Trump allegedly discussed witnesses' interactions with special counsel

10 March 2018, 12:55 | Kara Nash

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In January, Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, reportedly offered Trump's legal team a number of topics he could question the president on, according to CNN, including Comey and Flynn.

The special counsel's investigation is now one of several probes looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump campaign associates have any ties with Russians.

Trump's team expects the questions to mainly focus on the firings of former FBI Director James Comey and former national security advisor Michael Flynn, the Journal said.

The second reported interaction was with former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Mr Trump asked Mr Priebus about his interview with investigators when he visited the White House in December, people with knowledge of the investigation told the Times. McGahn did not release a statement contradicting the story and reportedly had to remind Trump that he did, in fact, ask him to dismiss the special counsel. CBS News has also requested a comment from the White House. Multiple former Trump associates have already pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe.

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President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Moscow, long slamming Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

Mr. Trump moved on, pointing out that Mr. McGahn had never told him that he was going to resign over the order to fire the special counsel.

What's even worse for the administration is that both interactions raise concerns over possible witness tampering, the president's potential use of such conversations to shape his own answers and their possible use as evidence of obstruction in the case.

President Donald Trump (L) attempts to shake hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after signing the "Section 232 Proclamation" on steel and aluminum imports in Roosevelt Room at the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

"When the subject of an investigation is the president of the United States and the witnesses he is quizzing about, and even challenging the substance of, their testimony are his subordinates, such conversations are very, very troubling", explained former assistant US attorney from the Northern District of California, Elizabeth de la Vega.

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