Mueller targets the White House, another Russian threat looms, and Trump flips on FISA: The latest in the Russia probe
This week brought more drama and a slew of revelations in the Russia investigation. President Donald Trump set lawmakers scrambling when he blasted out an early-morning tweet about a controversial surveillance law that he said was used to “so badly surveil and abuse” the Trump campaign along with the “discredited and phony Dossier.”
That dossier, an explosive collection of memos alleging improper ties between Trump and Russia, also took center stage when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein unilaterally released the testimony of a key figure in the Russia probe.
It also looks like special counsel Robert Mueller may be gearing up to go after his biggest target yet.
Here’s more on what you may have missed:
Mueller sets his sights on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Trump’s personal defense lawyers are in talks with the special counsel about how to approach a possible interview request for the president. Business Insider also learned that Trump’s legal team is leaning on a 1994 independent counsel investigation into a Clinton administration official as a roadmap to limit the scope of Mueller’s questioning in the event of an interview.
Trump refuses to commit to sitting down with Mueller: In an apparent departure from his remarks last year — during which he said he would be “100%” open to testifying under oath in the Russia investigation — Trump told reporters that he would “see what happens” if he’s asked to submit to an interview. He added that because there was “no collusion,” it would be “unlikely that you’d even have an interview.”
Trump’s FISA flip-flop: The president sent lawmakers into a frenzy when he criticized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act just hours after the White House released a statement voicing its strong support for it. In a tweet, Trump accused the …read more
Source:: Business Insider