Sean Spicer's notes draw attention of special counsel Robert Mueller

The special counsel's Russia investigation has cast a wide net for documents. Could they include the Spicer files?

An Associated Press photo of then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer appears to validate new reporting from the website Axios that Spicer kept copious notes during the campaign and while at the White House. 

Those notes have drawn the attention of special counsel Robert Mueller. 

The portion of Spicer's notes visible in the picture, in a close-up, refer to top administration officials: "RP" for then-chief of staff Reince Preibus and "Rex" for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. 

The photo was shot at an April press conference with President Trump and the secretary general of NATO. 

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An Associated Press photo of then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer appears to validate new reporting from the website Axios that Spicer kept copious notes during the campaign and while at the White House.

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Contacted by CBS, Spicer refused to comment on the photo or the suggestion his notes could become part of Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and the Trump campaign. 

On ABC this morning, Spicer deflected all Mueller-related questions. 

As press secretary, he tried several ways to undercut the Russia story. 

CBS News has confirmed Mueller is likely to request an interview with Spicer.

Mueller's interviews with White House officials -- past and present -- could begin as early as next week.