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House Russia probe turns to Trump aide who gave Comey his pink slip

The investigation into potential collusion between the Trump administration and the Kremlin is reportedly getting closer to the president.

The House Intelligence Committee is seeking to interview Keith Schiller, Donald Trump’s longtime bodyguard, former head of security at the Trump Organization, and now director of Oval Office operations, several unnamed sources familiar with the investigation told ABC News.

Schiller is another example of how the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and allegations of collusion is zeroing in on individuals in President Trump’s inner circle. The House committee has also asked to interview Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. In July, another one of Trump’s former advisers, Roger Stone, will meet investigators privately.

Schiller, a former NYPD officer, has long been a loyal foot soldier to Trump, who hired him in 1999 as a bodyguard to his then-wife Marla Maples and promoted him to director of security in 2004. Trump even entrusted Schiller to deliver the letter of termination, by hand, to former FBI Director James Comey.

As director of Oval Office operations, Schiller was also asked to accompany Kushner during his visit to Iraq and was present during his meetings with officials.

 

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