Robert Mueller Russia Investigation Closes In On Donald Trump As Top White House Aide, Stephen Miller, Grilled

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Nov. 9 2017, Updated 4:35 p.m. ET

The investigation into ties between Donald Trump and Russia has now penetrated the White House inner circle, according to a CNN report on Thursday. They revealed that one of Trump’s top aides and chief speechwriter, 32-year-old Stephen Miller, has now been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators, making Miller the highest-ranking current White House official so far known to have been subject to grilling by Mueller.

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Miller has been member of Trump’s top policy advisers since January of 2016, just when the presidential campaign was moving into full swing and more than a month before the first primary and caucus voting. Previously, Miller had served as communications director for then-Senator Jeff Sessions, now U.S. Attorney General under Trump, who himself has come under scrutiny in the Russia probe for his own Russia contacts while leading Trump’s national security team during the campaign.

Miller, who, though he is Jewish, is a popular figure in the “alt right” extremist movement and is longtime friends with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. He has reportedly become Trump’s favorite speechwriter, first making his mark as the author of Trump’s “American Carnage” inauguration speech.

Miller has reportedly formed an alliance within the White House with Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, who is also reported to be a top target of Mueller’s Russia probe.

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