Investigators ask White House for details on Federal Bureau of Investigation director firing, Flynn ouster

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Richard Painter, who served as George W. Bush's White House ethics lawyer, said the key to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe will be deciding why President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Mr Mueller is furthermore said to be looking into the Oval Office meeting in which Mr Trump told Russian officials that firing "nut job" Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey in May had relieved "great pressure" on himself.

The special counsel is also believed to have asked for documents relating to the White House response to questions about Donald Trump Jr's June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Mr Mueller has previously indicated to the White House that he may interview six of the president's closest present and past advisers.

Mueller's team sent the request to the White House spelling out 13 different areas that they want to know more about, the paper reported on its website.

Trump met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 10 in the Oval Office - one day after the dismissal.

Mr. Cobb was heard talking about a White House lawyer he deemed "a [Don] McGahn spy" and saying Mr. McGahn had "a couple documents locked in a safe" that he seemed to suggest he wanted access to.

The list of categories from Mueller reads like a greatest hits of the Trump team's missteps. Mueller is looking into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections, possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and whether Trump may have obstructed justice by firing Comey in May.

Of the 13 subjects in Mueller's document request, four are related to Flynn.

There are 1 comment on the USA Today story from 20 hrs ago, titled Senate panel to consider bills to protect special counsel Mueller from being fired. The retired lieutenant general was sacked in February after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about December phone calls he had with Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the time. The special counsel wants any White House documents about the decision-making that led to Comey's firing, and about all meetings Comey had with Trump. Then the day after he was sacked, President Trump pulled then-FBI Director James Comey aside to talk.

Mueller's team is also examining whether Trump or others in the White House attempted to obstruct justice when the president fired Comey, who had been leading the Russian Federation investigation until his dismissal.

During a May 3 news briefing, Spicer said that "the president has confidence in the director".