US special counsel subpoenas Trump business for Russia, other documents

US special counsel subpoenas Trump business for Russia, other documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks to turn over documents, including some related to Russian Federation, according to two people briefed on the matter.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign since May 2017 has subpoenaed the Trump Organization, demanding documents related to Russian Federation, according to the New York Times.

The breadth of the subpoena was not clear, nor was it clear why Mueller issued it instead of simply asking for the documents from the company, an umbrella organisation that encompasses Trump's business ventures.

The subpoena is a sign that the Mueller investigation continues to pick up steam, even as Trump decries remaining questions about potential coordination between his associates and Russian Federation and denies any wrongdoing.

The disclosure from Cohen, who has described himself as Trump's personal lawyer, came as Cohen's attorney gave congressional investigators scores of documents and emails from the campaign, including several pertaining to the Moscow development idea.

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A lawyer representing the Trump Organization called the request "old news".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment on the subpoena, reiterating the administration's position that there was "no collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and referring further questions to the Trump Organization.

Meanwhile, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee moved earlier this week to close their investigation, saying they found no "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as denying that Russian efforts to interfere in the election were done to bolster Trump, a central tenet of the United States intelligence community's conclusion about the meddling. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment on the Times report. Trump signed a nonbinding letter of intent for the project in 2015 and discussed it at least three times with Cohen. Since then, Trump has repeatedly denied the two ever met. Last week, Trump spoke with Emmet Flood, a longtime Washington lawyer who represented former President Bill Clinton during the impeachment process, about coming into the White House to deal with the inquiry. He is also examining whether the president has tried to obstruct the investigation.

"I think at the end of the day the biggest takeaway that we have from this is that in the final months of past year there was repeatedly the arguments from the president's lawyers that this was going to be over, this would be over by Thanksgiving, it was going to be over by Christmas, and now here we are in March and something like this is coming out", said Schmidt.

Trump's lawyers have advised him against an interview, but the president reportedly wants to do it, believing he has nothing to hide.