New Batch of Mueller Investigation Documents Summarizes Interviews with Top Trump Advisers

New Batch of Mueller Investigation Documents Summarizes Interviews with Top Trump Advisers

BuzzFeed News on Thursday published the third installment in a series of documents from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, describe the findings of interviews by Mueller’s team with White House officials and key Trump advisers including Stephen Miller, Rob Porter, Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort. The information contained therein was sent to the House Judiciary Committee but was not publicly released.

Notable findings include how Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, had to Google a number for the Kremlin after he told Sean Hannity that he was intent on setting up a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The circumstances surrounding Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey are also detailed, particularly Stephen Miller’s involvement in editing a letter announcing the firing.

Additionally, more information has come to light regarding Cohen’s meeting with Trump prior to his testimony before Congress, during which Cohen lied to lawmakers.

One amusing section notes how Cohen, while in Kazakstan working on a Trump Tower project, was asked if he was related to Sacha Baron Cohen, the actor who plays a Kazakstani tourist in the 2006 comedy film Borat.

The first wave of Mueller investigation documents was published in early November. The Justice Department is required by court order to produce at least 500 pages of documents each month.

William Vaillancourt

William Vaillancourt is a writer and editor from New Hampshire whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Progressive, Slate and Areo Magazine, among other places. He holds a BA in Political Science and History from Boston University.