White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Donald Trump’s campaign for claims of Russian collusion over the past few months. Now, sources say that Mueller is making his move.
NBC News reported that a source close to the investigation revealed that Mueller’s team has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign asking multiple campaign officials to produce Russia-related documents. The subpoenas reportedly do not compel testimony by any of the officials.
The source went on to say that the campaign has already turned over some 20,000 documents voluntarily, so it’s not clear why the subpoena was issued. Reports indicate that Trump’s campaign was caught by surprise by the subpoenas.
“Sending a subpoena to an entity that says it has been cooperating with document requests isn’t unusual in cases in which prosecutors have some concern that their demands aren’t being met promptly or aren’t being entirely fulfilled,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
This came hours after the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said that White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, hasn’t been fully forthcoming with the panel’s probe into Russian election interference, asking him to provide emails sent to him involving WikiLeaks and a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s lawyer, saying that the documents he has given the committee are “incomplete.” Lowell replied by saying that Kushner has been “responsive to all requests.”
“We provided the Judiciary Committee with all relevant documents that had to do with Mr. Kushner’s calls, contacts or meetings with Russians during the campaign and transition, which was the request,” Lowell said. “We also informed the committee we will be open to responding to any additional requests and that we will continue to work with White House Counsel for any responsive documents from after the inauguration.”
In their letter, Grassley and Feinstein said that they had previously asked him to provide documents to, from, or copied to him “relating to” certain individuals of interest to investigators, but Kushner responded that no emails had been found in which those individuals were sent emails, received emails, or were copied on them.
“If, as you suggest, Mr. Kushner was unaware of, for example, any attempts at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, then presumably there would be few communications concerning many of the persons identified in our second request, and the corresponding burden of searching would be small,” the senators wrote.