For the first time in the ongoing Russia investigation, investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed a member of Trump’s cabinet.
Investigators questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week over the course of several hours as they piece together their investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the President obstructed that investigation.
All we know for a fact is that the interview occurred and that Sessions was joined by veteran Washington lawyer Chuck Cooper.
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We didn’t get much out of him when Sessions testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in July. It was a whole bunch of “I do not recall.” There wasn’t much more coming out of him in November when he went before the House Judiciary Committee.
But behind closed doors face to face with Mueller’s investigators, it’s a different story. More than likely, Mueller got Sessions to sing like a bird. The guy is famously tight lipped, but chances are it’s getting harder and harder to keep it all in.
Sessions is regarded as a key witness in the Russia investigation after he recused himself when it came out that he had failed to report meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and other Russian representatives during the campaign.
President Trump reportedly directed White House lawyer, Don McGahn to pressure Sessions to remain in his post, but Sessions followed the instructions of career justice department officials and recused himself. Trump was furious over the recusal, and sources inside the White House say that the men’s relationship has never really recovered.
One has to wonder what the climate is inside the White House now that Trump can more than safely assume Mueller got Sessions to talk. If Trump was angry and volatile before… watch out.