Via the Washington Post:
The special counsel investigating Russian election meddling has requested extensive records and email correspondence from the White House, covering areas including the president’s private discussions about firing his FBI director and his response to news that the then-national security adviser was under investigation, according to two people briefed on the requests.
White House lawyers are now working to turn over internal documents that span 13 categories that investigators for the special counsel have identified as critical to their probe, the people said. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appointed in May in the wake of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, took over the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians in that effort.
The list of requests was described in detail by two people briefed on them. Both insisted on anonymity to discuss a sensitive investigation. Some details of the requests were first reported Wednesday afternoon by the New York Times.
The requests broadly ask for any document or email related to a series of highly publicized incidents since Trump became president, including the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn and firing of Comey, the people said.
The list demonstrates Mueller’s focus on key moments and actions by the president and close advisers that could shed light on whether Trump sought to block the FBI investigations of Flynn and of Russian interference.
The newest wrinkle is that former campaign manager Paul Manafort offered a Russian billionaire “private briefings” on what the Trump campaign was doing.
“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote in the July 7, 2016, email, portions of which were read to The Washington Post along with other Manafort correspondence from that time.
The emails are among tens of thousands of documents that have been turned over to congressional investigators and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team as they probe whether Trump associates coordinated with Russia as part of Moscow’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.
I’m guessing that this was a requirement on the part of the Russians. They were paying good money to buy off this election and they needed to be kept up to speed with how it was going.
Trump’s defenders are complaining that Mr. Mueller is going on a fishing expedition for anything that he can find that might possibly lead to a criminal indictment and it’s SO unfair. Well, when Kenneth Starr did that with Bill Clinton, those same whiners were all in favor of it because they were sure that there was real corruption and murder and mayhem going on, and oh yeah, what about Hillary’s e-mails; did she steal the chocolate chip cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus, too?