'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russian Federation probe

'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russian Federation probe

'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russian Federation probe

Mr Priebus told Mr Trump that the interviewers were "courteous and professional" but did not go into specifics of what they asked, according to the sources.

Then-White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on Air Force One while traveling to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

Mueller, who was hired after Comey's firing, is also probing whether Trump obstructed justice when he terminated Comey.

Mr Comey claimed that the president had asked for his loyalty and to end the inquiries into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn shortly before he was sacked.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators are aware of two occasions where Trump asked witnesses about conversations they had with investigators, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the encounters.

Priebus shared no details beyond saying the Special Counsel's team were courteous and professional.

Don McGahn, lawyer for Donald Trump and his campaign, leaves the Four Seasons Hotel after a meeting with Trump and Republican donors, June 9, 2016.in New York City.

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The president "has been eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country", the Journal reported.

President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Moscow, long slamming Mueller's investigation as a "witch hunt".

"You can't put a timeline on these things", Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor, told the Journal. One deadline they floated was 60 days after said meeting, the source told the Journal.

Legal experts tell the Times the conversations probably don't meet the definition of witness tampering, but the paper notes that Trump appears to be ignoring advice from his lawyers that he should avoid appearing to interfere with Mueller's investigation into Russia's tampering with the 2016 United States presidential election.

Legal experts expressed doubt that Mueller would agree to set a deadline for his investigation under any circumstances.

Comey was sacked by President Trump during his investigation of possible Russian collusion with the Republican's presidential campaign.

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