Last week, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team interviewed Sam Clovis, national co-chairman of President Trump's 2016 campaign and chief policy adviser, a person familiar with the situation told NBC News on Tuesday. He also testified before the investigating grand jury.
Clovis was the supervisor of George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign who is cooperating with Mueller and pleaded guilty on Oct. 5 to making false statements about his interactions with Russians. Court documents unsealed on Monday describe emails between an unnamed "campaign supervisor" and Papadopoulos, with the supervisor saying "great work" after they spoke about Russians trying to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian officials. Clovis' attorney confirmed to NBC News that Clovis is the supervisor in the emails.
Notably, Clovis, a former Pentagon official and unsuccessful Senate candidate from Iowa, is President Trump's choice to be chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture, despite the fact that he is not and never has been a scientist. Catherine Garcia
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer spent most of Monday being interviewed by members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, several people familiar with the meeting told Politico Tuesday.
One person with knowledge of the interview said Spicer was asked about President Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the statements he made about the firing, and Trump's meetings with Russian officials like Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The interview was part of Mueller's investigation into Russia's potential meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Spicer is a former Republican National Committee spokesman, and during the general election he was part of Trump's team working out of Trump Tower. Trump's former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, another RNC official who left to join the Trump administration, met with Mueller on Friday. Spicer declined to comment to Politico on the report. Catherine Garcia
Over the past few weeks, members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have been sharing evidence and communicating frequently about a potential case involving President Trump's onetime campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, several people familiar with the matter told Politico.
Both teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including possible money laundering, one of those sources revealed to Politico, although they have not made a decision regarding filing charges and "nothing is imminent." Trump has no pardon power over state crimes, and state and federal prosecutors think the prospect of a presidential pardon could affect whether or not Manafort cooperates with federal investigators working on Mueller's inquiry on Trump and Russia, one person familiar with the investigation told Politico.
Manafort has long denied any wrongdoing, and representatives for Mueller's office and the New York attorney general's office declined to comment to Politico. Catherine Garcia