Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has interviewed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Sanders told CNN on Friday that she sat down with Mueller’s team voluntarily.
“The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them,” she said in response to a question from CNN.
The interview is one of the final known interviews by Mueller’s team. It came around the same time as the special counsel interviewed former White House chief of staff John Kelly, well after a number of other senior officials, including former White House communications director Hope Hicks and former press secretary Sean Spicer, were brought in for questioning.
The White House did not immediately agree to grant the special counsel an interview with Sanders, according to one of the sources. Similarly, as CNN reported in December, White House lawyers initially objected to Mueller’s request to interview Kelly, who ultimately responded to a narrow set of questions from special counsel investigators.