Donald Trump Jr. (AP/Kathy Willens)

Mueller wants phone records on Don Jr.'s meeting with Russians

The special counsel investigating the Russia scandal has just asked for some pretty big phone records on Trump Jr.


Matthew Rozsa
September 22, 2017 1:06PM (UTC)

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal has just taken an important, and perhaps even crucial, turn.

Mueller is seeking a number of documents pertaining to the actions of President Donald Trump and other White House officials in response to the Russia scandal after they took office, according to Politico. These notably include phone records pertaining to the statement drafted aboard Air Force One defending Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer, documents and emails leading up to the infamous May 3rd press briefing in which former press secretary Sean Spicer defended former FBI Director James Comey, and documents pertaining to former deputy attorney general Sally Yates' warnings about former national security adviser Michael Flynn's meetings with Russian officials -- as well as documents involving the meetings themselves.

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The revelations about Mueller's investigation come after a long week of bad news for the Trump administration. First, it was revealed that former campaign manager Paul Manafort had been wiretapped by the federal government over his alleged ties with Russian officials and that his house had been raided in July by agents determined to confiscate possible evidence before he could potentially destroy it.

On Thursday, it also came out in Axios that Spicer had kept multiple notebooks during his tenure as press secretary, which could provide a valuable source of information for investigators. As Axios reported:

Former colleagues of Sean Spicer tell Axios that he filled "notebook after notebook" during meetings at the Republican National Committee, later at the Trump campaign, and then at the White House.

 When Spicer worked at the RNC, he was said to have filled black books emblazoned with the party's seal. Spicer was so well-known for his copious notes that underlings joked about him writing a tell-all.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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