Trump asked witnesses in Russia probe about investigator discussions

ReutersWASHINGTON (Reuters) — The U.S. special counsel in the Russian election meddling investigation has learned of two conversations in which U.S. President Donald Trump asked witnesses about matters discussed with investigators, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper, which cited three unidentified people familiar with the matter, said Trump told an aide that White House counsel Donald McGahn should issue a statement denying a New York Times article in January that said McGahn told investigators the president had once asked him to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

McGahn did not issue a statement and he “later had to remind the president that he had indeed asked Mr. McGahn to see that Mr. Mueller was dismissed,” the Times report said.

Trump also asked his former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, how his interview with the special counsel investigators had gone and whether they had been “nice.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Times story.Speech

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