Trump asks why Mueller hasn't interviewed 'hundreds' of campaign staffers without Russian contacts

If you were running an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election, who would you interview: Trump campaign officials who you know met with Russians offering information on Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton, and others who had documented contact with Kremlin officials? Or the ones who didn’t?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, understandably, has focused his investigation on Trump associates who had known contacts with Russia, like former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who was scheduled to begin a 14-day sentence Monday for lying to the FBI. But President Trump, who has frequently urged Mueller to speed up his investigation, also wants him to interview “hundreds” of campaign associates who had no contact with Russia.

He didn’t say what he thought Mueller should ask them, or what information they could provide about a subject they know nothing about.

Mueller’s team has interviewed numerous Trump campaign officials and advisers, including Donald Trump Jr., senior adviser Jared Kushner, former communications director Hope Hicks and others.

Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that Mueller, a registered Republican, is conflicted in his role as special counsel, deriding the probe as a “witch hunt” and insisting there was “no collusion” between his campaign and Russia, and no obstruction of justice.

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So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were “leaked” to the media. No questions on Col… https://t.co/T2n7SAWgJp
There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there i… https://t.co/WU8JFuWLJi
House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russia. As I have bee… https://t.co/n4809kuVx3
Just Out: House Intelligence Committee Report released. “No evidence” that the Trump Campaign “colluded, coordinate… https://t.co/3erasoPL4N
This memo totally vindicates “Trump” in probe. But the Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on. Their was no Collusion an… https://t.co/GPYj4JbKgN
It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened! Witch Hunt!
This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA
“Russians had no compromising information on Donald Trump” @FoxNews Of course not, because there is none, and neve… https://t.co/R9sniNq1ar
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The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was base… https://t.co/oMCKEA7WmJ
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A must watch: Legal Scholar Alan Dershowitz was just on @foxandfriends talking of what is going on with respect to… https://t.co/EZ7cdgtUUo
A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!
A complete Witch Hunt!
The Russia Witch Hunt is rapidly losing credibility. House Intelligence Committee found No Collusion, Coordination… https://t.co/MMfLEunjG6
The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues. There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems… https://t.co/j7rc1QKCLw
James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classif… https://t.co/YfMYBrTkza
As the phony Russian Witch Hunt continues, two groups are laughing at this excuse for a lost election taking hold, Democrats and Russians!
...case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing "the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan..." Witch Hunt!
The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..
Jared Kushner did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians. Witch Hunt. Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!
When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?
My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!
Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great. Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!
A total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!
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Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democr… https://t.co/eA1AtTPv49
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I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (… https://t.co/yjSuYhmzJb
Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? An… https://t.co/wKNAVhWJcz
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Earlier this year, Mueller referred several cases of U.S. lobbyists who may have failed to register their work supporting the Ukrainian government to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The cases involved Democratic lobbyist Tony Podesta; former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig; and former Minnesota Republican Rep. Vin Weber. But none of them, to this point, have been charged.

In August, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and bank fraud after Mueller referred his case to federal prosecutors in New York. Cohen also admitted in federal court to making illegal campaign contributions “at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” directly implicating Trump in efforts to suppress the stories of two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump, in 2006 and 2007, on the eve of the 2016 election.

Since being appointed as special counsel in March 2017, Mueller’s Russia probe has resulted in the indictments or guilty pleas of more than 30 people, including Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort; Manafort deputy Rick Gates.

Trump, who has refused to be interviewed by Mueller’s prosecutors, submitted answers to questions from the special counsel last week. Mueller is expected to eventually issue a report to Congress.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and frequent defender of Trump, said Sunday the forthcoming report will be politically “devastating to the president.”

“I know that the president’s team is already working on a response to the report,” Dershowitz added.

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