Special Prosecutor Robert S. Mueller III has announced his intention to interview six current and former advisers to President Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Post, Mueller is interested in talking to adviser Hope Hicks; former chief of staff Reince Priebus; White House counsel Don McGahn; James Burnham, one of McGahn’s deputies; former press secretary Sean Spicer; and Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who is close with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
The White House was provided with this list of names about a month ago.
White House sources expect that Mueller may seek interviews with Kushner and other top Trump confidantes.
The six named advisers were present at key internal discussions that have become a focus in Mueller’s investigation. Some of these discussions concerned the decision to fire then-FBI Director James B. Comey and the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller is charged with finding out if anyone associated with the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians to influence the 2015 Presidential election. As part of that investigation he is also examining whether the White House attempted to obstruct justice before firing Comey.
Spicer and Priebus have not publicly commented. Ty Cobb, a White House attorney, declined on behalf of the president’s current employees.
Cobb also refused to comment on the investigation as a whole. “Out of respect for the special counsel and his process and so we don’t interfere with that in any way, the White House doesn’t comment on specific requests for documents and potential witnesses,” he said.
Mueller’s team has not scheduled interviews yet. They are waiting for the White House to finish turning over documents so they can complete their review first.
However, sources say that the requested documents give clues to Mueller’s potential line of questioning.
His team has requested notes from a briefing that McGahn and Burnham received from then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates about the potential compromising of Michael Flynn. Spicer may find himself answering questions about messages he gave to Flynn before the inauguration.
Hicks and Raffel were present at discussions in July about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016.