Special Counsel Robert Mueller has recently interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, marking the first member of Trump’s cabinet to be interviewed in the Russia probe. According to reports, Mueller’s team also interviewed former FBI Director James Comey last year.
Mueller’s team interviewed with Sessions for several hours last week. Interviewing Sessions and Comey are pretty major developments in the Russia investigation, and hint towards Mueller looking into obstruction of justice charges against Trump and/or Sessions.
CNN reports, Sessions was questioned last Wednesday, a source close to Sessions told CNN, and a source familiar with the discussion said it was the first time the attorney general was interviewed. He was not under subpoena, the source familiar added.
The New York Times, citing two people briefed on the matter, reported Tuesday that Comey was asked about memos he wrote about interactions with the President.
Neither meeting was revealed until Tuesday.
Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores confirmed the Sessions meeting, which was also first reported by The New York Times. She declined to say if the attorney general turned over any documents or communications to Mueller’s office.
The White House says that they and Trump are cooperating fully with Mueller’s investigation, and that Trump “isn’t at all concerned” about Sessions and Comey being interviewed.
Some White House sources paint a slightly different picture, in which Trump is fuming mad over Sessions not telling him everything that was said, as Scott Dworkin reports:
“Two people close to the WH told me this AM Trump was “absolutely fuming” because Sessions didn’t report back in detail on how his interview went with Mueller’s team. Apparently Trump was “begging” Sessions to tell him what questions were asked & Sessions wouldn’t tell him much.