The first subpoenas for documents relating to Russia have been issued to President Trump’s presidential election campaign by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
This reportedly came as a surprise to Trump campaign officials, who say they have voluntarily cooperated with Mueller’s investigation requests.
The subpoena was issued in mid-October and includes requests from at least a dozen high-ranking campaign officials for documents and emails that contain Russia-related keywords. A source who spoke to the WSJ said the subpoena doesn’t include a request for grand jury testimony, but did confirm former Trump campaign officials’ surprise at the order given their level of cooperation.
In what a lawyer representing Trump called “total cooperation” with Mueller’s investigation, the campaign started turning over documents in September. However, Thursday’s subpoena is the first time Trump’s campaign has been compelled to do so, although some individuals such as former campaign chair Paul Manafort and some of his associates have already been subpoenaed.
Since then, Manafort and his former associate, Richard Gates, are facing charges that include conspiracy against the United States and money laundering. Additionally, former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has already pled guilty to lying to the FBI.
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