The Department of Justice has released 500 pages of documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election.
The documents came Saturday in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act suits filed by BuzzFeed News and CNN. The collection included recorded communications between key Trump administration members and summaries of FBI interviews of witnesses. BuzzFeed said new records will be released every month for the next eight years. (RELATED: PATRIOTS: House Republicans, Former White House Officials Spar With Rep. Schiff Over Closed-Door Testimonies [VIDEO]
The DOJ has reportedly pushed back against releasing the full amount of documents created, saying it could total 18 billion pages.
The release comes almost exactly one month after the DOJ said it would release the memos, which were described as the backbone of the Mueller report. The department had previously released a shorter, redacted version back in April, which alleged that the special counsel found no “conclusive” evidence of obstruction of justice. [RELATED: REPORT: Quid Pro Joe Denied Holy Communion At Mass Due To Stance On Abortion]
Check out what Reuters wrote:
“President Donald Trump clamored for the speedy release of emails hacked from Democrats during the 2016 election campaign, and a top Trump aide promoted the idea that Ukraine, rather than Russia, was behind the cyberattack, documents from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe showed on Saturday.
The Justice Department released 500 pages of interview summaries, emails and other documents related to Mueller’s report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. They were released after a court battle with BuzzFeed News and CNN.
The documents, some of which were posted here Saturday by the online news outlets, include summaries of FBI interviews with Trump’s deputy campaign chair Rick Gates, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign lawyer Michael Cohen and Steve Bannon, the former presidential adviser.
Gates told investigators on April 10, 2018 that Manafort during the 2016 campaign believed a hack of Democratic National Committee emails was “likely” carried out by Ukrainians, not Russians, the documents showed. A lawyer for Gates did not immediately respond to a request for comment….”
Trump’s allies later promoted that theory to undermine Mueller’s conclusions about Russian interference, but it has been discredited.
The House of Representatives’ current impeachment probe of the president is looking at whether Trump improperly pressured Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, in a July phone call.
In that call, Trump pressed the Ukrainian president to investigate possible Ukraine involvement in the 2016 election email hacking. [RELATED: MIC DROP! President Trump Calls Adam Schiff ‘The Biggest Leaker’ In Washington]
The Gates interview notes also suggested that the Republican National Committee has more knowledge than previously disclosed about the hacked DNC emails.