Multiple White House officials are reportedly worried that they are being spied on by their very own colleagues who may be wearing wires for Special Counsel Mueller.
Mueller’s investigation into potential connections between President Trump’s campaign and Russian election meddling has caused rising tensions between White House Counsel Don McGahn and Ty Cobb, a lawyer who joined the administration to handle the Mueller probe.
Cobb has urged the administration to hand over the documents needed for the special counsel’s probe, while McGahn is worried about precedents that could weaken the White House for future administrations.
This tension has reportedly led to officials privately speculating that some of their colleagues could be wearing wires to record conversations for Mueller.
In addition to Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential election, Mueller and his team are also investigating possible ties between Trump’s campaign staff and the Kremlin. Part of Mueller’s investigation is also Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, who was previously leading the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. The Special Counsel is looking into whether Comey’s firing constitutes obstruction of justice.
Mueller has requested emails and documents related to these matters, and Cobb has organized the requests into 13 categories, but officials would not describe any details. So far, the White House has not turned down any request.
Cobb argues that the administration should include as much as possible when it comes to producing documents and be forthcoming because he insists that Trump did nothing wrong, reports Red State Watcher.
McGahn is concerned that this approach could limit any later assertion of executive privilege, while at the same time blames Cobb for the slow collection of documents.
One complication that could come up is that McGahn himself is a likely witness, and will probably be interviewed by Mueller about Comey’s firing and the handling of questions about Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who claimed to have damaging information about then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
H/T U Conservative