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Muller sets sites on Spicer, Hicks, other top White House aides as Russia probe grows

The Russia investigation continues to heat up.


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Sep 8, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:01 pm CDT

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to head the ongoing Russia investigation, has told the White House he intends to interview six high-ranking current and former advisers to President Donald Trump.

Mueller wants to interview interim Communications Director Hope Hicks; former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus; former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer; White House counsel Don McGahn; James Burnham, a deputy of McGahn; and Josh Raffel, a White House spokesperson who works closely with Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reports.

The advisers are connected to “internal documents” that Mueller’s team hopes to review. The White House expects that Mueller will request more interviews in the future, the Post reports.

Mueller is heading a sprawling probe into Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether members of Trump’s campaign worked with Russian officials. The investigation also includes an examination into whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired former FBI Director James Comey as the agency was conducting a similar investigation.

No interviews have been scheduled, according to the Post, but Mueller could be looking to get testimony about Oval Office conversations in the lead-up to Trump the resignation national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in February after he misrepresented to Vice President Mike Pence communications he had with a former Russian ambassador.

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified before Congress that she had warned the White House Flynn could be subject to blackmail by Russia.

You can read all of the Washington Posts’ report here.

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*First Published: Sep 8, 2017, 5:01 pm CDT