Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to turn over documents related to some of President Trump’s most controversial actions in office, including his dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey, The New York Times reports.
Citing White House officials, the Times reported that Mueller is also interested in the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, as well as an Oval Office meeting with Russian officials during which Trump reportedly said the Comey firing relieved “great pressure” on him.
Mueller has also requested documents related to the White House response to media questions about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian government lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.
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. The special counsel has broadly been examining Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller’s office reportedly sent a document detailing 13 different areas that his investigators want to know more about, and administration lawyers have since been hunting through White House emails and asking whether officials have any other documents related to the request.
The lawyer handling the matter for the president, Ty Cobb, told Mueller’s office that he will turn over many of the documents this week, according to the Times.
The special counsel has asked for any and all documents relating to former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, a key subject of the probe, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Agents raided Manafort’s home in Virginia last month, taking information on his finances.
Mueller’s team has also requested details surrounding meetings then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates had with White House Counsel Don McGahn in January when she expressed her concerns about Flynn, as well as documents relating to Flynn’s firing, according to the Post.