Trump Talked to Witnesses About Their Interviews With Mueller

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Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller has learned President Donald Trump asked two witnesses, including former chief of staff Reince Priebus, about their interviews with investigators, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

President Donald Trump leaves the President's Room of the Senate at the Capitol after he formally signed his cabinet nominations into law, in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.

Mueller is investigating potential collusion between Trump's winning 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, along with "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation".

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders fielded questions about Cohen making a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016, and she said Trump didn't know about it - as far as she knew. The paper added that at one point, Trump said McGahn should deny its January article that the president once asked McGahn to fire Mueller.

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.

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A witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators the meeting was set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition could meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the countries, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters. The experts also said the episodes could serve as evidence for Mueller in an obstruction case.

Mr. Porter, who resigned last month amid a domestic abuse scandal, told Mr. McGahn the president had suggested he might "get rid of" Mr. McGahn if he chose not to challenge the article, the people briefed on the conversation said. McGahn never issued such a denial.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment, while the special counsel's office declined comment.

On Wednesday, Sanders told reporters that the arbitration was won "in the President's favor". McGahn didn't deny it, and ultimately reminded Trump that he had, in fact, asked McGahn to contact Rod Rosenstein and make sure Mueller was dismissed.

These interactions (depending on how you interpret the McGahn conversation) may not be illegal, but they raise serious questions.

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