Trump attorney: We'll challenge Mueller if he investigates old real estate deals

Mueller interviews top WH aide Stephen Miller

Mueller interviews top WH aide Stephen Miller

The question facing Mueller and his team is whether Miller, who was aware of the campaign's Russian ties through Papadopoulos updates, advised Trump to dismiss Comey since he feared the FBI director is about to reveal the Russian conncection.

John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Democrats may be restraining themselves in order to convey an air of seriousness and nonpartisanship.

That's because, as NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith reports: the Department of Justice special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the election (and more) is moving into the White House.

George Papadopoulos, who worked on the campaign as a policy adviser, has pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contact with Russian actors during the campaign. He is one of Mueller's few interviewees now working in the Trump White House. Over the weekend, Sprint entered into a wireless partnership with Altice USA Inc., allowing Altice to sell wireless service using Sprint's network, while Sprint uses Altice's broadband infrastructure to shore up its network. Miller even wrote the first draft of the letter firing Comey, which was later discarded in favor of a document written by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein which focused on Comey's conduct of the Clinton email investigation.

At his January confirmation hearing, Sessions told Sen.

The special counsel probe has the authority to investigate any potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, as well as any auxiliary matters arising from the Russia probe.

He struck a similar note before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, when he denied knowledge of communications between Russians and Trump campaign officials. He responded, "I did not - and I'm not aware of anyone else that did".

Communications director Hope Hicks, who also served on Trump's campaign from the earliest days, is expected to speak with investigators, though her lawyer opted not to provide a comment to NPR. Charging documents in that case indicate that Papadopoulos told the council "that he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between then-candidate Trump" and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Pelosi's office did not respond to multiple requests for comment asking if she still believed Sessions should go.

In early March, both Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., vehemently called for Sessions to step down following a Washington Post report that said Sessions met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak twice while he was a foreign policy adviser for the campaign. He was part of a foreign policy council that Sessions chaired, and the two are among the men in a March 2016 photograph that Trump posted on social media.

However, two other sources familiar with the investigations said investigators have been told the committee Clovis formed did very little, and that other advisers appeared to carry more weight with Trump. "I think you have to call out balls and strikes, and that would be a strikeout" as far as Democrats are concerned.

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