13 August, 2017
Special counsel Robert Mueller is attempting to interview current and former senior Trump administration officials, including former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, as part of the Justice Department's investigation into Russia's efforts to influence last year's presidential election, The New York Times reported Saturday, citing three sources briefed on the discussions. Legal experts say Mueller may be trying to put pressure on Manafort to cooperate with the investigation.
Priebus did not respond to a request for comment by the Times.
White House special counsel Ty Cobb told the newspaper that the White House would "continue to fully cooperate" with the investigation, but declined to comment further.
Mr Mueller is asking for records including details of specific meetings with administration and campaign officials, and any related documents such as transcripts.
"I don't always agree with everything the Republican administrations do but we have never ever seen rhetoric similar to what has come out of this White House", the clearly disgusted Painter said. Mr. Priebus made a point of being in most meetings and tried to be aware of what the president was doing.
Bannon, the current White House chief strategist, was the CEO of Breitbart News before joining the Trump campaign past year.
Later in the segment, he railed against Breitbart some more, calling it a racist organization while once again calling for the president's removal if he doesn't remove Gorka and Bannon from the White House. While Priebus was apparently listed on Manafort's calendar that same day in June 2016, it is unknown if the two men met, the Times reported.
Priebus also reportedly spoke to Comey on February 8, a week before Trump allegedly asked the former FBI director to drop an investigation into the president's former National Security Director Michael Flynn, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the matter.
The special counsel investigating whether Russian Federation interfered in the US presidential election and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign wants to speak with current and former senior White House officials, the New York Times reported on Saturday. According to testimony Comey provided to Congress, Priebus knows that Comey had the one-on-one encounter with Trump on February 14, when Comey has said Trump asked him to end the Flynn investigation.
Mr Priebus said he had resigned privately and Mr Trump thanked him for his service, although it was widely reported that he was effectively fired after being involved in all the major decisions made by the President during the transition period and the turbulent first months of his tenure. Mr. Trump has said that the meeting did not occur and that he did not ask Mr. Comey to end the inquiry.
Right after the door closed, Comey said, Trump asked him to end the Flynn investigation.
The President has repeatedly said the swirling speculation around his ties to Russian Federation is a "distraction" and "fake news" created to undermine his position.
'The president then made a long series of comments about the problem with leaks of classified information - a concern I shared and still share. The president waved at him to close the door, saying he would be done shortly.