From the Morning Memo:

Western New York political operative Michael Caputo’s stay in Washington D.C. this week lasted a little longer than expected… well, at least a little longer than we reporting on it expected.

Caputo met Tuesday with staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The meeting was meant to decide if the former Trump campaign staffer should testify before the whole committee at a later date about Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.

Caputo insisted it was more of the same (he testified before the House Intelligence Committee last year).

“It’s a colossal waste of money for our family – and for the taxpayers, too,” he said.

However, Caputo did not leave after his meeting with the Senate. We learned he was deposed Wednesday by Robert Mueller, the Special Counsel appointed by Trump to investigate Russia. He said he knew about the interview with Mueller’s team (Mueller himself wasn’t present) for roughly a month.

He said he willingly participated but was asked not to tell anybody about the meeting beforehand. Caputo also said the deposition was decidedly different than his experience with the House and Senate.

“(It) was much more focused,” he said. “(They) knew more about what I did in 2016 than I did.”

When I pressed him for more details on the meeting, he referred me to Wednesday’s article in New York Magazine about him, which he said is all true.

The gist: he believes the Russia collusion investigation is bogus and he’d like to move on with his life, in particular focusing on a Russian ballet he’s producing.

“Nobody in Buffalo media is asking me about this,” he texted.

Caputo did not clarify if he was talking about the deposition or the ballet at the end of our conversation.