The investigation into a possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia has progressed to a point where the grand jury has sent a subpoena to a witness where they are demanding all documents that involve Trump and his close advisors.
A copy of the subpoena that was seen by NBC News, and was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, shows that investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to November 1, 2015, four and a half months after Trump launched his campaign.
The details of the subpoena that was sent last month were shared from the witness on condition of anonymity, the news site Axios reported Sunday.
Meanwhile, NBC News reported last week that Mueller’s team is asking pointed questions about whether Trump knew about hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign before the public found out. The subpoena indicates that Mueller may be focused not just on what Trump campaign aides knew and when they knew it, but also on what Trump himself knew.
According to NBC News, the subpoena seeks documents that have anything to do with several current and former Trump associates, including Steve Bannon, who left the White House as chief strategist in August, Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for Trump who testified before congressional investigators in October, Rick Gates, Trump’s former deputy campaign manager, who pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy and lying to the FBI and Hope Hicks, who resigned last week as Trump’s communications director.
Other aides included in the subpoena are Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager until June 2016, Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager and Gates’ business partner, who pleaded not guilty to money laundering, conspiracy and making false statements last week, Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide, Trump’s former bodyguard Keith Schiller and Roger Stone, a longtime Republican political operative and Trump campaign adviser who sources have told NBC News is the focus of investigators interested in his contacts with WikiLeaks during the campaign.
Michael Cohen will be the last person who is still working for Trump after Hicks’s resignation takes effect.