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The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential collusion during the campaign has been in contact with the Trump campaign and administration, according to a report Tuesday.
The development comes as the special counsel’s office is continuing to interview dozens of witnesses in coordination with prosecutors in the Northern District of Georgia, the New York Times reported.
The Times described the interviews as part of Mueller’s “ongoing examination” of possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.
“We’re continuing to talk to White House officials about whether they could have improperly communicated with Russia,” said Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel. “If the answer is no, we will move on. If it is yes, we will look at what happened and continue to follow the facts and do our job.”
Carr referred to a report published last month by the House Oversight Committee that said the Trump campaign repeatedly reached out to the Russian government through intermediates, like WikiLeaks, and coordinated with WikiLeaks to release the hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta as well as the emails from the Republican National Committee (RNC).
The report also said that Trump surrogates met with Russian counterparts, like former President and current Sen. Mike Flynn (R-Fla.), who have denied being compromised in the Trump-Russia matter.
Trump has repeatedly insisted during the transition and in office that any coordination with Russia was unintentional and has pointed to news articles and “leaked documents” as evidence of the claim.
Meanwhile, the House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas to several Trump campaign aides as it opens an interview with Michael Cohen, who is one of president Donald Trump’s key advisers.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that one of the Trump aides under subpoena is Michael Cohen, the lawyer who is at the center of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the