White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders interviewed by the Mueller Special Council Office

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By Kristen Welker, Geoff Bennett and Dareh Gregorian

The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, acknowledged Friday that she was interviewed by the Special Advocate Robert Mueller's office.

"The president has urged me, as he does with all members of the administration, to cooperate fully with the special council.I have been happy to sit down voluntarily with them." , she said in a statement. Sanders criticized Mueller's investigation. the assertion of the boss that it is a "witch hunt".

The interview, which was first reported by CNN, took place at the end of last year, at about the same time as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had met with Mueller's investigators, a source close to the case told NBC News. The White House initially rebuffed the request to question Kelly, but then agreed to ask a few questions, told CNN three people aware of the case.

Sanders' predecessor, Sean Spicer, was interviewed by the Mueller team in 2017. They also interviewed former communications director, Hope Hicks.

Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign plotted with the Russians to interfere in the 2016 election and if the president was attempting to obstruct the justice, he said, "We're not going to be in trouble." The case could end as early as this month, sources told NBC.

Former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said last month that the investigation "is about to end," I think.

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