Trump Asked 2 People About Their Interviews With Mueller

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The New York Times reported Wednesday night that Mueller had learned of two conversations in which Trump asked key witnesses - one of them Priebus - about their discussions with investigators.

When asked about a New York Times report that Trump has spoken with former chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, a White House official said: "It's pretty clear that Kelly admonishes him constantly and he's not the only one". The lawyers believe Mueller will mostly focus on whether Trump obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey, who was actively overseeing an investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation when he was booted. Multiple former Trump associates have already pleaded guilty in Mueller's probe. Mr McGhan never released the statement, and remains as White House counsel.

The president's attorneys also anticipate an interview with special counsel would largely remain focused on the controversial firings of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and one-time national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The aide, who was none other than former White House staff secretary and alleged domestic abuser Rob Porter, was also reportedly told McGahn could lose his job if he refused to dispute the story. The president is "eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country", the report continued.

A source with knowledge of the investigation said the conversation was limited to questions like "how did it go?" and "were you treated fairly?" Mr Trump then relented.

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At first, Trump's personal defense lawyers suggested providing written answers to a pre-determined set of questions, or submitting a signed affidavit saying Trump did nothing wrong.

Experts threw cold water on both arguments, calling them "weak" and "dubious", and added that they were unlikely to succeed.

Mueller's investigation arose in part from the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 election and that its goals eventually included aiding Trump who won a surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

A headline like "Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel" can seem boring in comparison.