FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller has slowly but surely been interviewing everyone close to President Donald Trump since his investigation started 18 months ago. Plenty of those people have been arrested and indicted on criminal charges as well, with the count of guilty pleas standing at 34 so far.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN that she has also been interviewed by Mueller’s office.
“The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them,” Sanders said of her interview.
Sanders reportedly spoke with Mueller’s staff around the same time Trump’s former chief of staff was being interviewed last year.
The White House press secretary did not reveal any details about her interview or what she might have said during the meeting, and so far there has been no indication that she is in any legal danger as a result of the investigation.
CNN speculated that Sanders might have been questioned with regards to the many statements she has made to the press in defense of the president, especially those concerning the rampant rumors that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia and the Kremlin to throw the election.
Sanders is not the only one of Trump’s White House secretaries to be interviewed by the Mueller investigation. Sean Spicer, who was the president’s first press secretary after his inauguration, was interviewed back in late 2017.
Mueller’s investigation has been delving into possible collusion with Russia by both the president and those who worked with him during his campaign. The investigation has also looked into the potential obstruction of justice by the president when former FBI director James Comey, who was looking into possible collusion, stepped down.
Although the investigation has tried on numerous occasions to get the president to answer questions about possible collusion, Trump has so far only agreed to give written answers to Mueller. Instead, the investigation appears to have focused mainly on the president’s “conflicting public statements.”
The investigation appears to be nearing a close, but it’s unclear what the result will be for Trump, given that a number of his former aides have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the investigation.
The special counsel’s office has declined to comment on the interview with Sanders, or to give away any indication as to which way the investigation will fall.