The federal government has published hundreds of pages of never-before-seen documents on Robert Müller’s two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s attempts to obstruct the investigation.
The documents, summaries of interviews known to the FBI as 302, were released to CNN in response to a freedom of information lawsuit. They reveal what hundreds of people, many of whom are close to Trump and his campaign, told federal investigators when they were questioned in connection with the investigation, which began in May 2017.
Since last November, more than 3,000 pages of interview summaries have been made available to the public, excerpts of which appear in Müller’s final report. However, many details were never cited in the report. For example, Paul Manafort was still actively advising the Trump campaign three days before Election Day in 2016, even though he had been fired as a campaign manager nearly three months earlier. This is a fact, and the next Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon wrote in an email, this should be kept secret or “they will try to say that the Russians were working with wiki leaks to get us this victory.”
The latest cache contains summaries of additional interviews with Manafort and his collaborator Rick Gates. Nicholas Panuzio, who ran Manafort’s lobbying and public relations firm in the 1980s and 1990s; Trump’s campaign adviser J.D. Gordon; Former spokesman for the office of the director of national intelligence, Timothy Barrett, who is now the CIA spokesman, and Ricky Pinedo, a California man who sold bank account numbers to Russians, some of whom were later indicted. Muller for interference with the CIA. Election of 2016. The identities of dozens of other witnesses have been changed for confidentiality reasons.
The latest entry in the interview summaries is Timothy Barrett, the former spokesman for the office of the director of national intelligence, who now works in a similar capacity for the CIA. Barrett was questioned by FBI agents at the Washington field office on November 29, 2017. His connection to the Mueller investigation has yet to be reported.
He spoke of a call with agents for Souad Mekhennet, a Washington Post reporter who was writing a book on the Islamic State. Mekhennet had asked Barrett about a story he had been working on and was seeking confirmation “and advice as to whether there was any reason why he shouldn’t publish the story.”
Barrett said he would ask her about the exam. Then Barrett reported to ODNI’s national intelligence officer for Russia-Eurasia, ”the interview summary read.
The details of your coverage are being changed as part of an ongoing police investigation. This is notable because most of the research that grew out of the Mueller investigation is now complete. Barrett and Mekhennet were unavailable for comment Tuesday night.