Trump Hands Over Business Documents to Mueller

President Donald Trump’s legal team has handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller business documents that include details about Trump’s effort to build a hotel in Moscow, his campaign’s communications with WikiLeaks and a Trump Tower meeting when some of his senior campaign staffers sought to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer, according to a report by CNN.

The documents, also given to congressional investigators, cover the years 2015 through 2017 and include records of conversations by employees of Trump's business but no financial records, according to CNN’s sources.  

Given to investigators in 2017, the documents also include internal communications about Trump’s April 2016 campaign speech on foreign policy and about an October 2016 speech Donald Trump Jr. delivered to a group in Paris that is closely tied to the Kremlin. Trump Jr. received $50,000 for the speech.

The White House directed a request for comment to Trump’s lawyer for the Russia inquiry, Ty Cobb, who declined to comment to Newsweek.

Cobb told Newsweek in December that Trump is cooperating fully with Mueller, who is running the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible cooperation with the Trump campaign.

“The president understands we have a great deal of respect for Mueller, and the president has been determined to handle this in a transparent, collaborative way with the special counsel,” he said.

While various officials from the Trump orbit have been interviewed by Mueller’s team, Trump has been hesitant to cooperate regarding his business dealings.

In a July interview with The New York Times, Trump said any probe into his financial dealings would cross a red line.

“I think that’s a violation,” he said. “Look, this is about Russia.”

GettyImages-870908198 Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to limit special counsel Robert Mueller's powers as part of his investigation. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, sued Mueller on Wednesday, arguing that the special counsel violated the law by bringing charges against him. It is a civil suit that aims to limit Mueller’s power. 

“The appointment order in effect purports to grant Mr. Mueller carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across while investigating, no matter how remote from the specific matter identified as the subject of the appointment order,” the lawsuit said.

Justice Department officials scoffed at the lawsuit, calling it frivolous.

Manafort was charged in October with money laundering, as was a close business associate, Rick Gates.

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