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Former White House official Reince Priebus questioned in Russia probe

His lawyer said the interview was voluntary as Priebus was happy to answer all of the questions asked

AFP| PTI  |  Washington 

File photo of Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff. (Photo: Reuters)
File photo of Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff. (Photo: Reuters)

Former chief of staff submitted to questioning by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the US presidential campaign and possible collusion by associates of President Donald Trump, US media reported.

Politico and the Post quoted Priebus's lawyer William Burck as saying the interview with members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team yesterday was voluntary.

"He was happy to answer all of their questions," Burck said.

Priebus himself did not comment but Politico said he had been preparing for several weeks for the interview.

Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing, but Mueller's team has shown interest in the president's firing of former FBI director James Comey over his probe, according to the reports.

Other areas of interest are reportedly Trump's eldest son's meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the campaign and Trump's meetings at the with Russian officials.

Priebus participated in meetings where Comey's firing was discussed, and played a key role in the as well as during the campaign as head of the Republican National Committee.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 16:29 IST