Trump asked witnesses in Russia probe about investigator discussions

NYT: Mueller Told of Trump Conversations With Two Witnesses

NYT: Mueller Told of Trump Conversations With Two Witnesses

It's unclear when Trump's conversation with Priebus took place, although the Times reported it happened "in recent months".

According to the report, Trump's conversation "most likely did not rise to the level of witnesses tampering", but were nonetheless brought to Mueller's attention.

Separately, we also have evidence that yet another meeting with a Russian contact was set up during the transition - and later misrepresented to investigators.

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.

In January, the Times reported that Trump ordered Mueller to be fired past year, but was stopped after McGahn threatened to resign rather than carry out Trump's order.

Mueller learned of the conversations when the witnesses and their lawyers informed him of them because they reportedly viewed the interactions as problematic.

Clinical India back to winning ways, steamroll Bangladesh — Twitter Reactions
After facing a humiliating defeat in the opening game against Sri Lanka , the team will try hard to return on the winning track. Chasing a below par total of 140, skipper Rohit Sharma fell cheaply once again as he was bowled by Mustafizur Rahman for 17.

Mueller also has been investigating whether the president has attempted to obstruct the probe, including whether he fired former FBI Director James Comey to undermine it. But the investigation has apparently expanded beyond that initial scope. Comey had publicly confirmed the existence of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation two months before he was sacked. Is this evidence that Trump has serious memory issues (or an extraordinary capacity for self-delusion), or was he telling McGahn how to recall events, in essence instructing him as to the official storyline?

Don McGahn, lawyer for Donald Trump and his campaign, leaves the Four Seasons Hotel after a meeting with Trump and Republican donors, June 9, 2016.in New York City. In addition to being privy to Trump's day-to-day musings about what he characterizes as a "witch hunt" and a "hoax", McGahn also reportedly urged Trump not to send the Department of Justice a draft letter, the weekend before he fired Comey, outlining the reasons why he wanted to dismiss the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

McGahn did not publicly deny the article, and the President later confronted him in the Oval Office in front of the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, according to the people. He shared no specifics and did not say what he had told investigators, and the conversation moved on after a few minutes, those briefed on it said.

Trump also reportedly asked McGahn last April to help convince Comey to publicly clear him in the Russian Federation probe. Mr Trump then relented. Boente is now the Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel. He reportedly asked if the interviewers had been "nice" to Priebus.

- President Trump is upset with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders over her responses Wednesday regarding his alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, a source close to the White House tells CNN.

The experts said the meetings with McGahn and Priebus would probably sharpen Mueller's focus on the President's interactions with other witnesses.

Recommended News

  • Donald Trump agrees to have a meeting with Kim Jung-un Video

    Donald Trump agrees to have a meeting with Kim Jung-un Video

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was guarded when asked on Wednesday about the prospect of North Korean engagement. Pyongyang is said to have offered to suspend nuclear and missile tests while talks were under way.
    Queen Elizabeth gave Meghan Markle's secret baptism a miss

    Queen Elizabeth gave Meghan Markle's secret baptism a miss

    She's going to have to play by Queen Elizabeth's rules, whether she likes it or not. "She said she was a big fan", Piers replied. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding also saw punters able to enjoy longer opening hours at pubs around the country.
    BJP Leader Deletes FB Post Warning Periyar Statue to Be Demolished Too

    BJP Leader Deletes FB Post Warning Periyar Statue to Be Demolished Too

    Lenin's figure was brought down after the BJP swept the elections , ending 25 years of Marxist rule in the northeast state. Lenin's statue was destroyed in Tripura.
  • WaPo: Erik Prince, Seychelles Meeting Possible Kremlin Back Channel

    WaPo: Erik Prince, Seychelles Meeting Possible Kremlin Back Channel

    Prince, the founder of the former Blackwater contracting firm, had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition. According to The Times , the meeting was convened by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, who Nader advises.
    Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates

    Texas Primaries See Surging Democratic Turnout & Record Number of Female Candidates

    Still, Trump's continuously low favorability scores have put the GOP in a tough position it charts out a path to victory in 2018. In November that year, the Democrats running for statewide office were all beaten, just as they have been since 1994.
    You Can Now Send Your Signature to the Sun

    You Can Now Send Your Signature to the Sun

    In the 1950s, Parker proposed a number of concepts about how stars - including our Sun - give off energy. The rocket speed is so quick, at its nearest approach it will go at roughly 430,000 miles per hour .
  • Cigna to buy Express Scripts for $54 billion

    Cigna to buy Express Scripts for $54 billion

    The terms represent a roughly 31 percent premium to Express Scripts' closing price on Wednesday, according to the statement. The move, following on the heels of Aetna's merger with CVS Health , could lower costs for consumers, at least in theory.
    No. 5 Blue Devils brace for risky  Notre Dame

    No. 5 Blue Devils brace for risky Notre Dame

    The model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, enters Thursday on a 22-13 streak on its recent college basketball picks. Justin Bibbs was the other leading scorer for the Hokies, dropping 15 points as well while going 6-for-14 from the field.
    Liverpool end long wait for last eight

    Liverpool end long wait for last eight

    This will be the 170th meeting in league competition between these sides - Manchester United have won 67 to Liverpool's 55. I prefer to not play an English team, but I don't care who.
  • Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users and nobody knows why

    Amazon's Alexa randomly laughs at users and nobody knows why

    Some users say their AI has been rattling off creepier tidbits. "We got home and, totally unprompted, our Amazon Echo/Alexa started talking".
    ICC upholds De Kock sanction following Warner fracas

    ICC upholds De Kock sanction following Warner fracas

    He also declared Warner was not, as he sometimes stands accused, a player who could dish out sledging but not take it. I feel like everybody needs to focus on cricket. "I'm just relieved to be able to get back on the park and move on".

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.