Zachary Piaker // 1/14/18 //
Reports suggest that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is weighing interviewing President Donald Trump, while the President’s team is reportedly seeking to avoid an interview altogether (NBC News; WSJ; WaPo).
According to two sources, the White House’s top lawyer called Attorney General Jeff Sessions on President Trump’s behalf shortly before Sessions recused himself from the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and tried to persuade Sessions not to do so (NYT, WaPo).
It is puzzling that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has not recused himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation, writes Jack Goldsmith at Lawfare.
Mueller has added a veteran cyber-prosecutor to his special counsel team (WaPo).
Senator Dianne Feinstein unilaterally released a transcript of the Judiciary Committee’s interview with one of the founders of the firm that produced an infamous dossier outlining Russian efforts to aid the Trump campaign (NYT, WaPo).
The Senate Judiciary Committee’s criminal referral of the Steele dossier contains some procedural anomalies, explains Don Wolfensburger at The Hill.
The Kremlin has called the Senate Democrats report on election meddling "unfounded" (LA Times).
Steve Bannon is expected to testify in closed-door session with the House Intelligence Committee (LA Times).
The House Intelligence Committee deserves credit for securing the disclosure of potentially significant information about the Steele dossier, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
Six House Democrats wrote a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan arguing that Republicans have "put President Trump ahead of our national interests" by failing to address the threat Russia poses to national security (Politico).
President Trump’s personal lawyer is suing Fusion GPS and Buzzfeed over the Steele Dossier (Politico).
The editor in chief of Buzzfeed News has defended the publication of the Steele dossier in an op-ed.
Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier, argued that the federal judge in a different case stemming from the dossier’s publication should recuse himself due to his alleged conflicts of interest (Politico).
A Russian tycoon is suing Paul Manafort on allegations of fraud (WSJ).
The White House has denied Russian collusion over 140 times (WaPo).
Election interference is a pressing cybersecurity issue, argues Paul Rosenzweig at Lawfare.