Mueller Asks WH to Preserve All Documents Related to Campaign Meeting With Russians

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July 21, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House to preserve all documents relating to the meeting between top Trump campaign officials, a Russian lawyer, and others in June 2016.

Mueller sent a letter with the request to the White House, asking for all relevant documents to be saved regarding the meeting at Trump Tower, CNN reported Friday.

Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya last summer believing that they would receive compromising information against Hillary Clinton. At least eight people were present at the meeting, including a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer.

Mueller asked for anything related to the recent revelations of the meeting and the release of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails to be saved for his investigation.

"As you are aware the Special Counsel's office is investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of Donald Trump," Mueller's letter read. "Information concerning the June 2016 meeting between Donald J Trump Jr and Natalia Veselnitskaya is relevant to the investigation."

The White House counsel's office on Wednesday sent the letter to White House staff informing them of Mueller's request.