House Russia probe eyes longtime Trump bodyguard Keith Schiller
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Congressional investigators now want to interview Keith Schiller, President Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard-turned-White House aide, as part of their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News.
Schiller, the former head of security for the Trump Organization who now serves as the White House director of Oval Office operations, is one of several Trump associates on the House Intelligence Committee’s witness list in its ongoing investigation into Russian election interference.
The committee’s focus on Schiller and other Trump campaign officials and associates marks a new phase in the investigation — which is examining how Russia attempted to influence the election, the Obama administration’s response and allegations of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.
It’s the latest indication that the investigations are touching Trump’s inner circle. In late July, longtime Trump associate Roger Stone is expected to appear before congressional investigators for a closed-door interview. The growing list of other Trump associates the committee has said they want to meet includes former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Kushner, Stone, Flynn and Manafort have all volunteered to cooperate with the ongoing investigations and have denied any wrongdoing.
Committee aides declined to comment to ABC News about the inclusion of Schiller on their list of witnesses. Schiller did not respond to repeated requests for comment about the investigation.
One White House official was unsurprised to learn that Schiller has been contacted. As the investigations expand, several White House aides have expressed privately to ABC News that they are expecting to hear from Congress or the special counsel.
A former New York police officer, Schiller has been at Trump’s side for nearly 20 years, and is one of his closest advisers and aides — playing the role of a body man, confidant and gatekeeper for the businessman-turned-president.
When Trump made the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, it was Schiller who hand-delivered the letter of termination from the president to FBI headquarters.
Schiller also accompanied Kushner on an April visit to Iraq with National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Congressional investigators have interviewed dozens of witnesses as part of their probe, which continues as special counsel Robert Mueller leads a separate wide-ranging investigation at the Justice Department into Russian interference and whether there are any ties to the Trump campaign.
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