WH Communications Director Retains Lawyer Amid Russia Investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking to question Hope Hicks, the Trump campaign’s communications director and current interim comms director for the administration, over Donald Trump Jr.’s misleading statement to the New York Times regarding the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging info on Hillary Clinton.

Hicks had been part of Trump’s campaign from the early stages and was promoted to the role of communications director last month after Anthony Scaramucci’s turbulent 11 days on the job.

It’s just the latest sign that the White House is becoming increasingly nervous about the direction of the special counsel investigation, particularly as it gets closer and closer to the president himself.

In addition to Mr Priebus, Mr Spicer and Ms Hicks, Mr Mueller has notified the White House he will likely seek to question White House counsel Don McGahn, and one of his deputies, Mr James Burnham.

The report indicates that Mueller is seeking to interview more individuals closer to the president.

Neither Hicks nor Trout responded to Politico’s requests for comment.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday he has “not detected any whiff of interference” by the White House into the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

No interviews have been scheduled yet, according to the Washington Post, as Mueller’s team is waiting to review internal documents it also requested from the White House.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she was not aware of a specific request by Mr Mueller, but said the White House will not try to block any interviews.

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