Ex-White House chief of staff grilled in Russian Federation probe

Frederick Owens
October 16, 2017

Reince Priebus, President Trump's former White House chief of staff, was interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Friday as part of the probe into Russia's attempted meddling in the 2016 election, his lawyer said.

"If the White House can't answer that question affirmatively, they have to be nervous", Kayyem said.

It was not immediately clear what questions Priebus was asked or how long the interview lasted.

Mueller is now reportedly looking into the circumstances surrounding President Trump's firing of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director in May. Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff for the National Security Council, was reportedly interviewed about the circumstances surrounding the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Priebus stepped down as chief of staff in July, one of a string of high profile departures from Trump's tumultuous first six months in office.

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Flynn resigned in February after disclosures that he had discussed USA sanctions on Russia with the Russian ambassador to the United States before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.

Mr Priebus himself did not comment but Politico said he had been preparing for several weeks for the interview.

White House lawyer Ty Cobb is clearing through a backlog of requests from Mueller for documents and information from the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with the investigation.

Mueller's team, which consists of almost 20 federal investigators, began its interview of White House officials last month.

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