U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez sent a letter Thursday asking Special Counsel Robert Mueller if Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo was told not to speak about his interview with Mueller.
Menendez, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Pompeo about press accounts that said President Trump asked Pompeo and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to investigations into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia and about Pompeo’s interview with Mueller, which was first publicly confirmed in the hearing Thursday.
“Senator, I’m not going to talk about the conversations the president and I had,” Pompeo said, later adding, “I don’t recall what he asked me that day.”
The conversation eventually moved to the special counsel investigation. Menendez asked about the content of Pompeo’s interview with Mueller, but Pompeo declined to say, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
“I don’t want to speak about it,” Pompeo said. “There should be no negative inferences with respect to anything or, for that matter, positive inferences about the fact that I think it’s most appropriate that, while these investigations, continue I not speak to the conversations I’ve had with the various investigative bodies.”4-12-18 Menendez letter to Mueller regarding Pompeo