Russian Federation net tightens as Sessions questioned

Posted January 26, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spent several hours being grilled by the special counsel's office last week as part of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday.

Mueller is investigating potential Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, but he's since expanded his probe to include those in the president's inner circle as well as Trump himself.

The Washington Post reports Trump's team has crafted negotiating terms for his interview with Mueller's investigative team that could be presented to Mueller as soon as next week, according to two sources familiar with the special counsel's plans.

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Asked if he was anxious Sessions was questioned by the special counsel, Trump said: "No, not at all". He was responding to a question whether he was ready for an interview with Muller who wants to question him about his decision to fire his former national security advisor Michael Flynn and Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. A Justice Department official said Sessions was accompanied by his lawyer Chuck Cooper.

Reuters could not immediately learn details about what kinds of questions Mr Sessions faced during his interview, which was first reported by the New York Times. Ms. Sanders said Mr. Trump wants the controversy to come to an end.

One of Trump's former campaign managers, Corey Lewandowski, confirmed he was called to testify in the probe on January 15.

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In a surprise announcement during a surprise presidential appearance at a White House press briefing, President Trump indicated he is willing to be questioned under oath by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has been working his way through interviews with top Trump administration and campaign officials.

The attorney general also wrote a memo endorsing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's letter justifying the FBI chief's firing based on missteps related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Mueller will probably want to know what Trump understood, before asking Comey to let the Flynn investigation go, about Flynn's interview with the FBI and whether he had made false statements about his conversation with the Russian ambassador.

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United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 campaign using hacking and propaganda to attempt to tilt the race in favour of Mr Trump. In March, he recused himself from the government's Russian Federation investigation.