Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has begun writing its final report on its 18-month Russia investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, multiple sources are telling CNN.
CNN reported on Thursday that “Trump had already begun reviewing with his lawyers the written answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller” as he prepared to request Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s resignation. It is not clear if an in-person interview with the president will take place.
The Mueller team is also seeking information related to Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who has been at the center of the Mueller probe in recent weeks.
Mueller reportedly asked the president’s legal team for call and visitor logs related to Stone’s visits to Trump Tower in New York before the 2016 election.
Shortly after Sessions’s ousting on Wednesday, Trump named Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. He will oversee Mueller’s investigation.
Whitaker has publicly criticized Mueller’s probe and defended Trump in op-eds to CNN.
Top Democratic leaders, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have called on Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight over his public comments criticizing the special counsel.
“Given his record of threats to undermine & weaken the Russia investigation, Matthew Whitaker should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s investigation,” Pelosi said. “Congress must take immediate action to protect the rule of law and integrity of the investigation. #FollowTheFacts.”