While Mueller's description of the president's status suggests he is not a target of a criminal investigation, his lawyers are continuing negotiations with Mueller's team about a possible testimony from Trump regarding the investigation into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives. USA law prohibits foreign campaign donations.
The approach to Russian oligarchs in recent weeks may reflect that Mueller's team has already obtained records or documents that it has legal jurisdiction over and can get easily, one source said, and now it's a "wish list" to see what other information they can obtain from Russians entering the USA or through their voluntary cooperation. "You're a person of interest in this investigation".
Mueller is said to have previously inquired about Trump's business dealings in Russian Federation prior to his presidential campaign launch in 2015. She said that van der Zwaan's crime was worse because the special counsel's investigation involves questions of national and global interest and "potential foreign interference in the democratic process that is fundamental to our freedoms".
The Washington Post first reported Tuesday night that Mueller told Trump's lawyers that the President is not now being considered a criminal target of the Russian Federation probe. Mr. Zamel later appeared before a grand jury and was questioned about Mr. Nader, though it was unclear whether Mr. Zamel had any information about Mr. Nader's ties to Russian Federation.
Manafort filed a civil lawsuit on Jan 3 against Mr Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a key legal test of how far the special counsel's mandate extends. His inauguration committee raised a record-breaking $106.8 million, and some government watchdog groups have questioned where that money came from as they say all funds have not been accounted for. The president and some of his allies seized on the special counsel's words as an assurance that Trump's risk of criminal jeopardy is low.
Last month, the White House sanctioned 19 individuals and five entities, including Russian intelligence services, in response to Moscow's activities during the 2016 election campaign as well as numerous cyber attacks.