Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly subpoenaed over a dozen Trump campaign officials for documents.
Mueller is probing whether Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The special counsel has already indicted former Trump campaign Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates. Former Trump campaign George Papadopoulos is currently cooperating with the investigation.
On Nov. 16, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Mueller team had subpoenaed over 12 members of the Trump campaign for documents and emails that contain keywords pertaining to the Russia investigation. None of the campaign officials were asked to testify before a grand jury. The reported subpoenas mark the first time that the Mueller team has formally requested information from the Trump campaign, according to Fox News.
Three congressional committees are also investigating the Russian government's role in the 2016 election. A source familiar with the Mueller probe who requested anonymity said that the latest subpoenas were meant to gather all of the documents that the congressional committees already possessed.
On Oct. 30, the Mueller probe indicted Manafort and Gates for financial crimes and conspiracy against the United States. Manafort and Gates were accused of laundering millions of dollars from a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party into America and not disclosing the funds in their taxes. Both men pleaded not guilty, The New York Times reports.
That same day, the Department of Justice disclosed that Papadopoulos had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials while advising the Trump campaign.
On Nov. 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee submitted a letter to President Donald Trump's son-in-law, White House special adviser Jared Kushner, informing him that he had not submitted all of his documents deemed relevant to the Russia investigation.
The committee chairman, GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and the ranking member, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, wrote to Kushner that the records he had provided them were incomplete. They cited emails that he had forwarded to other Trump campaign officials but had not provided to the committee.
"If, as you suggest, Mr. Kushner was unaware of, for example, any attempts at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, then presumably there would be few communications concerning many of the persons identified in our second request, and the corresponding burden of searching would be small," Grassley and Feinstein wrote.
Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, released a statement asserting that Kushner had been transparent with the committee.
"We provided the Judiciary Committee with all the relevant documents that had to do with Mr. Kushner's calls, contacts or meeting with Russians during the campaign and transition, which was the request," Lowell said.
On Nov. 17, sources familiar with the Mueller probe disclosed that British publicist Rob Goldstone had agreed to travel from his home in Thailand to the U.S. and meet with the special counsel. Goldstone had helped arrange a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, NBC News reports.