Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has reportedly asked witnesses recently about the possibility of Russians having compromising information on President Trump and the timing of President Trump’s decision to enter the presidential race, including business dealings in Russia leading up to his decision to launch a presidential bid in 2015, CNN reported late Tuesday.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including collusion and cooperation between Russia and the Trump campaign.
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Investigators have focused questioning in some instances on Trump’s trip to Moscow for a Miss Universe pageant in 2013, CNN reported. Witnesses were reportedly asked about meetings Trump had with Russian business leaders or government officials during that visit.
Another focus has been on failed efforts to brand a Trump Tower in Moscow, CNN reported. Negotiations for such a deal started in 2015, but were cut off in early 2016.
Four former Trump campaign associates have so far been indicted or pleaded guilty as part of the Russia probe. Mueller also filed charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for alleged interference in the 2016 race.
Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia, calling the probe a “witch hunt.”