Kelly warns Trump about talking to Mueller witnesses

'Man of mystery' cooperates with Mueller in Russia probe

One alleged conversation involved White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II; Trump told an aide that McGahn should deny a January Times article that said Trump had asked McGahn to fire Mueller.

Trump's attorneys have not yet pitched the idea but are actively considering how to approach Mueller about it, the source 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'.

Trump's legal team expects much of the questioning to involve the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, which prompted Mueller's appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein past year, as well as the dismissal of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to The Journal.

A headline like "Trump Spoke to Witnesses About Matters They Discussed With Special Counsel" can seem tiresome in comparison.

Mueller's investigators are aware of two occasions where Trump asked witnesses about conversations they had with investigators, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing three people familiar with the encounters.

Robert Mueller's team, which is now investigating the alleged Russian interference in the us presidential election and trying to determine if the real estate mogul's campaign colluded with the Kremlin to affect the outcome of the 2016 vote, is apparently well-aware of at least two occasions where the commander-in-chief questioned witnesses who have testified before the special counsel about the probe. "There is no obstruction whatsoever", Trump told reporters at the time.

Mr Trump was said to have accused Mr Mueller of having conflicts of interest with the investigation and instructed Mr McGahn to request his dismissal. The president is "eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country", the report continued.

Those conversations were revealed to Mueller in interviews with witnesses who considered the interactions as troublesome.

Comey was sacked by President Trump during his investigation of possible Russian collusion with the Republican's presidential campaign.

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