Nearly 300 pages of documents related to the Mueller investigation were released on Monday as part of a public records lawsuit brought forward by BuzzFeed News and CNN.
The documents include summaries of FBI interviews as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The summaries shed light on interviews conducted with key witnesses as part of Mueller’s investigation, including Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, former White House chief of staff John Kelly, and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, among others.
Here are the top five biggest revelations from the trove of documents.
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Hundreds of pages of documents related to former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation were released on Monday as part of a public records lawsuit brought forward by BuzzFeed News and CNN.
In response to the lawsuit, the Justice Department on Monday released 295 pages of witness memoranda and summaries of FBI interviews as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Last month, both CNN and BuzzFeed published the first installment of documents released by the Justice Department.
In the documents released on Monday, include heavily redacted interview notes and memos from President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, former White House chief of staff John Kelly, and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, among others.
Here are the five biggest revelations from the newly released documents:
1. Vice President Mike Pence pushed Trump to fire national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Former Trump 2016 campaign aide Rick Gates said in an April 2018 interview that Pence was involved in Flynn’s firing.
“Gates said Pence went to Trump about firing Flynn and he thought it was one of the few times Pence pushed Trump hard like that,” Mueller’s team wrote in its summary of the interview.
2. Michael Cohen told Trump’s lawyer Jay Sekulow that there was more contact with Russia than they were telling Congress, but Sekulow brushed it off.
According to the summary, Cohen told Sekulow that there were more details about discussions on Trump Tower Moscow and communications with Russia than were disclosed by Cohen in a letter to Congress.
Cohen said in his interview that Sekulow told him not to elaborate on any of those details, and to keep his letter “short and tight.”
“Sekulow said it did not matter and Cohen should not contradict Trump and that it was time to move on,” according to the summary of Cohen’s interview.
Cohen later pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about the work he did on the Russian project, in addition to other federal crimes including campaign finance violations. He is currently serving a three-year prison sentence.
Cohen also said that he spoke to Sekulow about a possible pardon after the FBI raided his home and office. He called himself a “loyal lawyer and servant and all of a sudden he was the subject of search …read more
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