On Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders revealed that she sat down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team regarding the Russia probe and was grilled.
CNBC reported that Sanders interview took place around the same time that Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly, was questioned by Mueller’s team, NBC News reported. That interview reportedly occurred in early fall of 2018.
Last week the Senate concluded their investigation into the Trump-Russia probe and found no collision.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has interviewed White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders as part of his sprawling Russia probe, she confirmed on Friday.
Sanders said in a statement Friday that she was ‘happy to voluntarily sit down with them.’
‘The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel,’ she said.
Neither the White House nor the Trump legal team has said when that interview took place. CNN was first to report about it on Friday.
Mueller is believed to be close to wrapping up his investigation into so-far undocumented claims that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign organization colluded with agents of Russia in order to tilt the presidential election toward him.
Trump has repeatedly denied that his campaign did anything improper, denouncing the investigation as a political ‘hoax’ or ‘witch hunt’ at least 10 times this year already.
Sanders has also called the Mueller probe a ‘witch hunt.’
The president has said that he believes a trope about a Kremlin link to his campaign began when the Democratic national Committee and its presidentiaal nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign funded opposition research through a firm called Fusion GPS.
That company paid a former British spy named Christopher Steele to amass a dossier of possible connections between Trumpworld and Moscow. Although it was used in part to justify federal surveillance on at least one Trump adviser, its contents remain unsubstantiated.
Trump wrote last week on Twitter that the line of inquiry is ‘all a GIANT AND ILLEGAL HOAX, developed long before the election itself, but used as an excuse by the Democrats as to why Crooked Hillary Clinton lost the Election!’
‘Someday the Fake News Media will turn honest & report that Donald J. Trump was actually a GREAT Candidate!’
Trump has also recently castigated House Demcorats for what he calls a campaign of ‘Unlimited Presidential Harassment’ related to claims that international influences tainted his election.
Interviewing Sanders appears to be among the final loose ends Mueller’s team has yet to tie up, coming at roughly the same time as the special counsel’s interview with John Kelly, the former White House chief of staff.
One source told CNN that the White House initially balked on letting Mueller have access to Sanders. The network reported that one likely area of interest is ‘how Sanders composed statements she made on the podium defending the President regarding the Russia investigation.’