The Trump Organization has been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller for documents that are related to Russia, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing two people briefed on the matter. It also reported that details of the subpoena were not available.
According to Reuters, the Trump Organization, which U.S. President Donald Trump ran with his family before he entered the White House, played down the significance of any subpoena, with a lawyer saying on Thursday that the company has told the public since July that it is being cooperative with the special counsel’s investigation.
Mueller is investigating Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, as well as a potential collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied U.S. intelligence agencies’ conclusion that it meddled in the election while Trump regularly says that there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow officials. However, since the investigation began, Mueller has charged several Trump associates and more than a dozen Russians.
Mueller’s spokesman, Peter Carr, did not comment on the Times report about a subpoena, which is the first time Mueller had demanded materials directly related to Trump’s businesses.
The S&P 500 ended slightly lower on Thursday in choppy trade as strong jobs and manufacturing data was balanced by the Times report on Mueller’s subpoena, Reuters wrote.
“This is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the various investigations remains the same today,” New York lawyer Alan Futerfas, who represents the Trump Organization in the Russia probe, said in a statement.
Other congressional committees are also investigating Russia and the 2016 election as well as the possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
The White House also refused to give any specifics on the development.
“We’re going to continue to fully cooperate. Out of respect for the special counsel, we’re not going to comment,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.