Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is planning to interview up to a dozen White House aides in the coming weeks, according to people familiar with the investigation, but no request has yet been made to question President Donald Trump.
While it’s not clear exactly which current aides are to be interviewed, not all are “the marquee names you would think,” according to one person involved in the case, indicating Mueller could be starting lower down the food chain in the West Wing and moving up.
Still, the upcoming interviews are a sign that the FBI’s wide-ranging probe into the Trump White House and campaign is intensifying.
Beyond White House staff, Mueller and his team are expected soon to question others on the Trump campaign and former senior officials in the White House, these people said. The interviews are not expected to be in front of the grand jury, the people added.
Among the aides likely to be interviewed are former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, interim communications director Hope Hicks, former press secretary Sean Spicer, chief counsel Don McGahn. The Washington Post reported earlier Friday afternoon that Spicer, Priebus and Hicks are likely to be interviewed.
Hicks has retained a personal attorney in the matter, according to several sources familiar with the hiring.
Mueller’s team has also requested documents from the White House related to former FBI Director James Comey’s firing, meetings during the campaign and in the White House with any Russians, including former Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, along with documents related to former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to advisers and aides familiar with the document requests.