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Investigators probe Trump knowledge of campaign's Russia dealings: sources

From Reuters - November 10, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Special counsel Robert Muellers team has questioned Sam Clovis, co-chairman of President Donald Trumps election campaign, todetermine if Trump or top aides knew of the extent of the campaign teams contacts with Russia, two sources familiar with the investigation said on Friday.

The focus of the questions put to Clovis by Muellers team has not been previously reported.

The ultimate question Mueller is after is whether candidate Trump and then President-elect Trump knew of the discussions going on with Russia, and who approved or even directed them, said one source. That is still just a question.

Clovis testified in late October before the grand jury in Muellers investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. He is also cooperating with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating the same issues.

Contacted late on Friday, the White House declined to comment.

One of the sources described Clovis as another domino after former campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI over his own contacts with Russians during the 2016 election campaign.

The investigators now know what Papadopoulos was doing on the Russian front, which he initially tried to conceal, and who he told that to, said the other source. Now [they] want to know whether Clovis and others reported these activities and others related to Russia, and if so, to whom, this source said.

Attorneys for Clovis did not respond to requests for comment. Lawyers for Papadopoulos had no immediate comment.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment.

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