Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly told the White House that his team will seek to interview six senior and former aides to President Donald Trump as part of the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Among those that Mueller is interested in interviewing are former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, former chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s trusted adviser and interim communications director, Hope Hicks, The Washington Post reports.
Mueller could also seek to interview White House counsel Don McGahn and one of his deputies, James Burnham, as well as Josh Raffel, a White House spokesman who works closely with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
According to people familiar with the probe, each of the six aides was involved in internal discussions related to incidents that have drawn Mueller’s interest, the Post reported, such as Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey in May and his delay in dismissing former national security adviser Michael Flynn after the White House received warnings that Flynn had misrepresented the nature of his December discussions with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
None of the interviews have yet been scheduled, as White House officials expect that the list is not comprehensive and that Mueller will also possibly seek to interview family members, like Kushner. Politico also reports that the number of White House aides sought by Mueller could reach a dozen, but that no request had been made to interview the President himself.