- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 25, 2018

President Trump’s lawyers say they have provided the most transparent response in the history of independent and special counsels investigating an administration.

“All the credit goes to the president,” John Dowd, one of the president’s attorneys, told The Washington Times. “He wanted [special counsel] Bob Mueller to have everything and Ty Cobb made it happen.”

Mr. Cobb is also representing Mr. Trump.

The transparency toward Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible Trump-Russia election collusion, involves a huge number of documents and voluntary interviews. Mr. Mueller is also inquiring into whether Mr. Trump or his aides obstructed justice in the firing last May of FBI Director James B. Comey.

“These documents have been voluntarily provided by the president to the special council and the congressional committees and include privilege material of all kinds,” the lawyers say in a scorecard obtained by The Times. “The cooperation and transparency are unprecedented.”

The open-door includes eight members of the White House counsel staff, including the counsel himself, access previous administrations have denied in part.


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The campaign has provided 1.4 million pages of documents to the special counsel who also received all search terms and a comprehensive log.

Responding to letters from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the campaign gave them over 5,000 documents.

It transferred about the same number to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In September, the campaign provided an additional 2,100 documents to all three committees.

Regarding interviews, over 20 White House personnel voluntarily spoke with Mr. Mueller’s staff.

These include White House Counsel Don McGahn and former chief of staff Reince Priebus. Former chief strategist Steve Bannon is slated to testify.

In addition, 28 campaign officials and people affiliated with the team also underwent questioning.

Mr. Trump said Wednesday he is willing to be interviewed under oath by Mr. Mueller, but no details have been worked out.

Both The New York Times and The Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, reported Thursday the president had to be talked out of firing Mr. Mueller last June. The White House has denied the president targeted the special counsel.

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