By The Daily Wire. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reportedly requesting for witnesses in his Russia investigation to turn in their phones so they can be inspected for encrypted messaging apps, according to a new report published on Wednesday.
The revelation comes after Mueller accused former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort this week of witness tampering, claiming that Manafort used WhatsApp and Telegram to contact witnesses in his case. CNBC reports:
Since as early as April, Mueller’s team has been asking witnesses in the Russia probe to turn over phones for agents to examine private conversations on WhatsApp, Confide, Signal and Dust, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Witnesses have reportedly complied with Mueller’s request out of fear that they will be subpoenaed if they do not submit to his request. (Read more from “Mueller’s Team Demands Witnesses Turn in Their Phones for Inspection” HERE)
Trump Will Agree to Interview If Mueller Winds Down Investigation
By Time. President Trump’s lawyers want the special counsel’s office to promise to end its investigation within two months after an interview with the president, adding another demand to tense negotiations that have dragged on for months.
“We got pretty close on the amount of time they would need to write a report, which roughly was about 60 days after they finished their investigation,” Trump’s lawyer Rudy Guiliani told TIME on Wednesday.
When Guiliani joined Trump’s legal team in April, he boldly predicted he could get the case resolved in a matter of weeks. Linking an interview with Trump to a specific end date for special counsel Robert Mueller to submit his findings to the Department of Justice seems to be an attempt to force things to a close. Once Mueller submits his report, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will then determine what to share with lawmakers and the public. (Read more from “Trump Will Agree to Interview If Mueller Winds Down Investigation” HERE)