Mueller is focused on Trump's actions as president, according to reports

Trevor Jackson
September 22, 2017

Painter, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, was a guest on MSNBC's "Hardball" to discuss Wednesday's bombshell report that special counsel Robert Mueller is requesting documents on Trump's actions since taking office.

Mueller has also asked for all records related to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer hosted by the president's son, as well as all documents related to the White House's response to the publication of that meeting in July 2017.

"After that meeting there was an effort to mischaracterize the meeting, to lie to the press about what was going on at the meeting, to say they're just talking about adoptions of Russian children", Prof.

The Oval Office meeting with Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, meanwhile, may take the cake as far as unforced errors.

White House attorney Ty Cobb told CNN that "out of respect for special counsel and his process", the White House does not comment on its communications with the special counsel.

"The White House remains committed to cooperate fully with the special counsel", Cobb said.

The intricacies and intrigues in the Russian Federation investigation continued to unspool on Wednesday, when it came to light that special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigated Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as reported by Fox News.

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Mueller's team has not reached out for any additional documents or information from Trump.

According to both reports, the Mueller team has organized its document requests into 13 different subject areas. The retired lieutenant general was sacked in February after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about December phone calls he had with Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the time. He officially resigned - reportedly at the request of the president - in February after his contacts with Russian Federation came to light.

There have been several indications that Mueller's investigation is not simply escalating, but also increasing its scrutiny on how the Trump White House has handled matters pertaining to Russian Federation.

It's the clearest signal yet that Mueller's investigation is reaching right into the Oval Office, right up to the Resolute desk.

Schmidt only mentions three of those 13, but those three are revealing - and indicate that Mueller's interest in the obstruction angle is very serious indeed.

"The president once again has the right to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director", Painter said. The special counsel wants any White House documents about the decision-making that led to Comey's firing, and about all meetings Comey had with Trump.

The previous night, Trump had tweeted that Comey "was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!"

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