Kelly warns Trump about talking to Mueller witnesses

Kelly warns Trump about talking to Mueller witnesses

Kelly warns Trump about talking to Mueller witnesses

Additionally, CNN reported last month that Mueller's team has been asking witnesses about Trump's business activities in Russian Federation prior to the 2016 presidential campaign as he considered a run for president.

Mueller is probing Russian election meddling, along with any ties to Trump associates.

Trump's legal team expects much of the questioning to involve the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, which prompted Mueller's appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein past year, as well as the dismissal of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to The Journal.

In another conversation, Trump grilled his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, about his interview with Mueller's team. McGahn was told by then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter to release a statement denying the report, per the request of the president, or face the possibility of losing his job.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators are aware of two occasions where Trump asked witnesses about conversations they had with investigators, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the encounters. The real concern for the White House is that these conversations did not occur through lawyers, as is common practice in order to ensure they are shielded by attorney-client privilege. As part of his probe, Mueller is also investigating any potential obstruction of justice.

Mr Priebus told Mr Trump that the interviewers were "courteous and professional" but did not go into specifics of what they asked, according to the sources. 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.

President Donald Trump (L) attempts to shake hands with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer after signing the "Section 232 Proclamation" on steel and aluminum imports in Roosevelt Room at the White House March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC.

At a January press conference, Trump said he "looked forward" to a sit down with Mueller but evaded questions about when he would interview. Trump's actions now give no legal protection to these conversations as the investigation moves onward.

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