President Donald Trump’s private company scrambled Thursday to show it has long been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators in response to a media report that it had gotten a new subpoena for documents tied to the Russia probe.
The New York Times first reported that Mueller in recent weeks made the formal demand to the Trump Organization to turn over materials related to its investigation into Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016.
While Trump officials refused to confirm or deny the existence of a new subpoena, the company’s lead outside attorney, Alan Futerfas, responded in a statement: “Since July 2017, we have advised the public that the Trump Organization is fully cooperative with all investigations, including the Special Counsel, and is responding to their requests. This is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the various investigations remains the same today.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred questions Thursday about a subpoena back to the Trump Organization. “We’re going to continue to fully cooperate out of respect for the special counsel,” she said.
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller’s special counsel, declined comment.
A subpoena from Mueller to the Trump Organization may signal a significant escalation of his probe, law enforcement experts said. It also threatens to further agitate Trump, who told The New York Times last July that he would consider it “a violation” if the special counsel’s office looked into his personal finances.