Mueller asks Justice Department to hand over documents about Comey's firing


Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are scheduled to interview additional senior White House officials in the coming weeks, adding to their list of high-profile interviews and pushing the investigation closer to President Donald Trump and his family.

Mueller's team is interested in the interactions between Justice Department officials and the White House.

Trump also asked Comey for his loyalty during a private meeting, according to the FBI director, and also asked him to consider dropping the investigation of disgraced national security adviser Mike Flynn. They have each pleaded not guilty.

That same day, the Department of Justice (DOJ) unsealed a guilty plea from former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who had lied to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election.

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The request reportedly includes any and all documents and emails related to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and the decision by Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Kushner is also President Donald Trump's son-in-law.

Last week, Sessions said he forgot about a campaign meeting where an aide bragged about Russian contacts and said he could set up a meeting for Trump.

Trump was reportedly annoyed with Comey for suggesting the election had been tipped by his decision to tell Congress he was re-examining Hillary Clinton's emails 11 days before the election.

"Any time you can get someone who is the right-hand person or who's been around the primary target of an investigation, under oath, answering detailed questions, means you've progressed very far along in the investigation", Goldberg told Politico.