Report: Mueller Requests ‘Broad Array’ Of Documents From Justice Department

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Robert Mueller’s probe into collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign is now handing out document requests on Mueller’s home turf: The probe asked the Justice Department for what ABC News described as “a broad array of documents” in a report filed Sunday evening, citing anonymous sources.

The sources told ABC that Mueller was looking for information related to Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the entire Russia inquiry.

The request was issued “within the last month,” ABC’s sources say. Trump fired Comey in the midst of the ongoing investigation into potential misconduct; a part of the Mueller probe’s investigation appears to be whether that firing constituted obstruction of justice. The Mueller probe’s recent interviewees have included Trump aide and speechwriter Stephen Miller, who helped Trump draft a thus-far-unreleased memo describing the reasons he wanted Comey gone.

Questions remain, as well, about Sessions’ conversations with Russian officials during the campaign, which he denied under oath in October before correcting himself in another session last week, saying he had forgotten some important meetings. Sessions’ performance before Congress has been remarkable for other reasons, too, among them the the attorney general’s refusal to answer questions before his former Senate colleagues without invoking executive privilege or the Fifth Amendment, and much about the nature of his discussions with representatives of the Russian government is still unknown.

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Sam Thielman is an investigative reporter for Talking Points Memo based in Manhattan. He has worked as a reporter and critic for the Guardian, Variety, Adweek and Newsday, where he covered stories from the hacking attacks on US and international targets by Russian GRU and FSB security services to the struggle to bring broadband internet to the Navajo nation. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son and too many comic books.
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