MUELLER GETS CLOSER TO DONALD TRUMP. TRUMP ATTACKS MARSHAWN LYNCH ON TWEETER

Politico reports that Donald Trump singled out Oakland Raiders football player Marshawn Lynch Monday morning, suggesting that the running back had shown “great disrespect” by *sitting* for the U.S. national anthem and standing for the Mexican one before his team’s game on Sunday, played in Mexico City.

“Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect!” Trump wrote online. “Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”

Spokespeople for the Raiders did not immediately return requests for a comment from Lynch, a beloved but controversial figure in the NFL, known for his on-field antics, physical style of play and the sometimes comedic lengths he has gone to avoid speaking to reporters.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are scheduled to interview additional senior White House officials in the coming weeks, adding to their list of high-profile interviews and pushing the investigation closer to President Donald Trump and his family.

On the slate are White House communications director Hope Hicks, White House counsel Don McGahn and Josh Raffel, a communications aide to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Other staff are also expected to be interviewed.

These three staffers have spent considerable time around the highest echelon of the Trump administration and campaign. Given their involvement in some key events under scrutiny by the special counsel, Mueller’s interest in talking to them signals continued focus on Trump and the White House.

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