Mueller interviewed Sarah Sanders in Russia probe

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday that she met with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“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,” Sanders said in a statement.

The details and topic of the interview are not publicly known, but Mueller is likely interested in Sanders’ role crafting the official narrative about the Trump team’s interactions with Russian nationals. Mueller is also investigating any possible efforts by Trump’s team to obstruct a law enforcement probe of the 2016 campaign.

The meeting occurred around the time Muellers team interviewed then-White House chief of staff John Kelly, CNN reported. CNN first reported the Sanders-Mueller interview on Friday.

Sanders is just one of several high-ranking White House officials that have met with Mueller as part of his probe.

Mueller has interviewed Sanders’ predecessor, Sean Spicer, who left the post after only six months. During that meeting, Mueller’s team grilled Spicer on the ouster of former FBI Director James Comey and Spicer’s role crafting public statements related to the firing.

Mueller also asked Spicer about Trump’s contact with Russian officials, including a White House meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then-Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Only a photographer for Russia’s state news agency was allowed in that meeting.

Anita Kumar contributed to this report.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/15/mueller-sarah-sanders-interview-russia-probe-1173041
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