The Latest: More than 20 WH employees interviewed by Mueller

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Posted: Jan 25, 2018 6:54 PM
The Latest: More than 20 WH employees interviewed by Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):

6:50 p.m.

More than 20 White House employees have given interviews to special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of possible obstruction of justice or Trump campaign ties to Russian election interference.

That's according to a document released Thursday by President Donald Trump's lawyer John Dowd.

And the document says 28 people affiliated with the campaign have spoken with either Mueller or congressional committees.

The White House has turned over more than 20,000 pages of records. The president's 2016 campaign has turned over more than 1.4 million pages.

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1:35 p.m.

The Justice Department's internal watchdog says his office has found missing text messages from an FBI agent removed last summer from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz says in a letter to Congress that his office "succeeded in using forensic tools" to recover messages exchanged between December 2016 and May 2017.

The department last month began providing lawmakers with copies of text communications to and from the counterintelligence agent who was reassigned from Mueller's team following the discovery of anti-Donald Trump messages he traded with an FBI lawyer.

The president has fumed about the missing messages and has said they represent "one of the biggest stories in a long time."

Horowitz says his office's efforts to recover additional messages are continuing.

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11:40 a.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is finishing its investigation into the meeting between Russians and President Donald Trump's campaign in June 2016 — and the committee chairman wants to release transcripts from closed-door interviews with Trump's son and others.

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GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says he wants to work out an agreement with Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California to release transcripts from interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others who attended the campaign meeting in Trump Tower.

Feinstein is the committee's top Democrat.

Grassley says he'd hoped to interview Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law — who also attended the meeting.

But the senator says the chances of that interview were "shot" after Feinstein released a transcript from another interview conducted as part of the Russia investigation.