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Ex-White House Chief of Staff Is Interviewed by Special Counsel

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Reince Priebus in August 2016 at a Trump presidential campaign rally in Pennsylvania. Credit Mark Makela for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Investigators for the special counsel’s office on Friday interviewed President Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, according to Mr. Priebus’s lawyer.

Mr. Priebus is the first senior administration official known to have been interviewed by the special counsel’s office.

“Mr. Priebus was voluntarily interviewed by Special Counsel Mueller’s team today,” said the lawyer, William A. Burck. “He was happy to answer all of their questions.”

Mr. Mueller’s investigators wanted to question Mr. Priebus, who was fired in July, about Mr. Trump’s decision to fire the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, in May, and Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in February.

They also wanted to ask Mr. Priebus about a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials — including Mr. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort — and Russians who promised derogatory information on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Mr. Manafort had been scheduled to meet with Mr. Priebus on the day of the June 9, 2016, meeting.

Mr. Priebus was scheduled to be interviewed in recent weeks. But it was repeatedly delayed because Mr. Mueller’s office had not yet received all of the documents it had requested from the White House related to the matters about which investigators wanted to question Mr. Priebus.

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Wendy Pettit

Wendy Pettit is a writer for NYT and writes for other publications on her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and her dog Zuko.

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