Investigation of Russian interference & new information regarding unmasking of Americans
Reporting by Catherine Herridge and Bret Baier
A legal source confirms to FOX News that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has made a broad records request to the White House, covering multiple staffers, and includes actions taken by the president.
The New York Times reports the special counsel has thirteen areas of interest including the firing of the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as well as the firing of Former FBI Director James Comey.
The requests reportedly include the May Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, where the president met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, where it is alleged by the New York Times, Mr. Trump said that firing Comey relieved the pressure on him.
Ty Cobb, a member of the president’s legal team, said “Out of respect for the special counsel and his process, the White House does not comment on any specific requests…I can only reaffirm that the White House is committed to cooperating fully with Special Counsel Mueller.”
In a separate development FOX News is learning new information about the rapid pace of unmasking in the final months of the Obama White House.
Two sources, not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests from Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the United Nations, exceeded 260, with one request coming in the days leading up to the inauguration.
The House Intelligence Committee sent subpoenas in May for the unmasking requests by former CIA Director John Brennan, Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and Power. Records were also requested for presidential adviser Ben Rhodes.
At a congressional hearing the same month, a senior committee Republican pressed the CIA director on the issue, without mentioning Power by name.
A spokesperson for Power had no comment on the numbers, or the timing of the requests, but in a previous statement emphasized that Power was acting in her capacity as a member of the National Security Council, and never leaked classified information.