The new national security adviser has been quietly taking advice from a few longtime associates. Some have business interests that overlap with the National Security Council.
Mr. Trump has described the investigation as a politically motivated effort to undermine his presidency. But time and again, agents took steps that ultimately benefited him.
The records, part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s inquiry into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians, produced few major revelations.
Questions about his finances, and about whether his campaign helped Russia hack the 2016 election, need to be asked in the same breath.
The federal judge in Virginia suggested that the special counsel charged Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, to pressure him into incriminating the president.
Though the trip never happened, it shows a pattern in which the E.P.A. chief has relied on people with business interests to shape the agenda of his foreign travel.
Ukraine, deeply dependent on the Trump administration for financial and military aid, froze its cooperation with the special counsel’s office.
The questions show the special counsel’s focus on obstruction of justice and touch on some surprising other areas.
The questions provide the most detailed look yet at the special counsel investigation and show an effort to learn about the president’s thinking.
The decision dealt a blow to a central part of the former Trump campaign chairman’s defense: that an investigation into his past lobbying work is beyond the scope of the special counsel’s mandate.