Special counsel Robert Mueller is apparently growing weary with the seemingly never-ending Russia probe, as an anecdote released by CNN on Tuesday reveals Mueller clashed with congressional officials over their refusal to hand over a transcript from the Senate Intelligence Committee of an interview with Paul Manafort.
Both houses of Congress and Mueller each have separate probes into Russia’s involvement with the Trump campaign during 2016, and according to CNN, none of the three are on very friendly terms right now. The news outlet said there was “little, if any, communication” between the three congressional committees currently conducting investigations.
The fight CNN was referring to went previously unreported earlier this summer and reflects a lack of willingness to share information with all three parties. In addition to Mueller attempting to obtain a transcript from Congress, the House panel is now trying to access a memo that included President Trump’s initial justification in his firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, a document Mueller possesses but is forcing the House to obtain via the White House.
“It’s probably past time for our committee to subpoena the White House to make sure we get all relevant documents,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, told CNN.
Mueller has taken a hard line on making sure the investigation runs by the book, meeting with leaders of the main three committees investigating the Russian election meddling, in an effort to “deconflict” with Capitol Hill and ensure the two sides are not in conflict when it comes to witnesses.
He has shared information but has been sharp on the medium by which it is shared and how much is shared. The leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for instance, could read the memos but not take notes or get copies of them, sources said.
Nonetheless, each investigation has in its possession over 20,000 documents on the case and sources say it is set to be an extremely busy Fall. Mueller’s main priority for a while has been to nail Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
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