Mueller Expands Dragnet: Requests Extensive Documents from Trump White House

Posted September 22, 2017

The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the USA presidential election has asked the White House for documents on a range of subjects including President Donald Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Mueller also asked for any email or document the White House holds which relates to Manafort.

One subject seemed to catch Washington by surprise Wednesday: A request for documents related to Trump's Oval Office meeting in May with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

The Times reported Trump's attorney has told Mueller's office he will turn over numerous documents this week. Painter explained. "He has the power to fire the FBI director but not in order to obstruct an investigation of the collusion with Russian Federation".

The full scope of the investigation is not yet clear, but the requests indicate some of the areas that Mueller and his team of prosecutors intend to look into.

The request by Mueller shows how broad his inquiry has become and how close he is getting to the president.

At the same time, the news demonstrates that Mueller considers the obstruction portion of the investigation to be significant and will not just limit his examination of the matter into the respective credibility of Comey and Trump.

The areas include President Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey (right).

Mr Trump's eldest son was led to believe the meeting would yield damaging information about his father's Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton.

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Asked if he thought special counsel Robert Mueller was moving beyond his investigative authority, Pence replied, "Well, I think that's for others to say".

The New York Times first reported Tuesday that Mueller's investigation was looking into the Oval Office meeting.

Comey was sacked in May, while he was leading the Russian Federation investigation. "It obviously is relevant to his reasons for firing Comey, and thus to the obstruction investigation", O'Sullivan wrote.