Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have recently begun questioning Republican National Committee (RNC) staffers, according to Yahoo News.
Yahoo on Wednesday reported that Mueller’s team is seeking information about the Republican Party’s digital operation.
The RNC worked with President Trump’s 2016 election campaign to target voters in key swing states before Election Day.
Mueller’s investigation is trying to determine whether the joint effort is related to the activities of Russian bots and trolls aimed at influencing the American electorate last year.
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Yahoo confirmed the latest revelation about Mueller’s probe of Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential race with two sources familiar with various aspects of the operation.
The news outlet on Wednesday also reported that Jared Kushner’s lawyer recently began searching for a crisis public relations firm for managing press inquiries.
Kushner – who is Trump’s son in law and a senior adviser to the president – was in charge of the 2016 campaign’s digital operation.
Yahoo on Wednesday reported that searching for a crisis public relations firm is a frequent step by people who think they may face criminal charges.
Kushner has denied any wrongdoing, however, and his lawyer, Abbe Lowell, has said he is cooperating with Mueller’s examination.
One source told Yahoo that a quick end to the probe is “fanciful,” amid assurances from Trump’s lawyers that the president will be exonerated by early 2018.
Mueller and his team are instead chasing new leads, grilling fresh witnesses and gathering a vast amount of evidence.
The new evidence includes subpoenaed bank records and thousands of emails from Trump’s election campaign and presidential transition team.
Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in last year’s White House race includes possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s election bid.
Trump has frequently cast the probe as a “witch hunt” against him and his administration, while several top Republicans have raised doubts about the impartiality of Mueller’s team.