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Trump's friend Tom Barrack was interviewed in December by the Special Counsel Team



Barrack was widely questioned about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates and about Barrack's relationship with both, the source said. Manafort was not guilty of special adviser Robert Mueller being charged with money laundering, an unregistered foreign agent, and not filing reports on foreign banks and financial accounts.

Gates pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and lied to investigators.

Barrack has brought Manafort to Trump, and Barrack has known Trump for 40 years. The source said Barrack's relationship with Gates began during the campaign. He hired Gates for Trump's inauguration, and when that was over, the contract ended. The source said the federal investigators had not asked him for money, not even the money for the entry fees or his relationship with the president, and it was clear that he was not a target of the investigation. The interview lasted about two hours, the source reported.

The Associated Press reported on the interview for the first time

Mueller's federal investigation examines Russian interference in the 201

6 presidential election and possible ties between Trump's campaign workers and the Russian government.

The President has repeatedly described the investigation as a "witch hunt" and denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Barrack, chairman of real estate investment Colony NorthStar, is a Trump business partner who has contributed to supporting Trump's political ambitions and publicly defended the president.
Barrack called Trump a "revolutionary" and "a warrior of sorts" in a CNN interview last year.
At the 2016 Republican National Convention, he said that Trump was one of his "closest friends" and described him as "good enough, tough enough, smart enough and adept enough" to win the presidency.

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