Mueller Reportedly Raised The Idea Of Subpoenaing Trump

May 03, 2018, 09:27
Mueller Reportedly Raised The Idea Of Subpoenaing Trump

That team is also looking into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling requests from Mueller, has a security clearance. Dowd, who subsequently quit Trump's legal team, confirmed to The Associated Press that Mueller's team had broached compelling Trump to testify.

One question asks what discussions Trump may have had regarding "any meeting with Mr. Putin", referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At about 9:30 on Wednesday, Trump tweeted again, quoting a former United States attorney who says such questions are an intrusion into the Constitutional powers of the president to fire anyone. His law firm, Williams & Connolly, is one of Washington's most prominent, with a reputation for aggressive advocacy for its clients and a history of tangling with the government - but also representing senior White House officials, including presidents.

McCarthy said there are strong grounds for executive privilege.

And even if Mueller's team chose to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, he could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

According to the Post, that March 5 meeting led to an agreement from Mueller's team to give Trump an idea of what the special counsel planned to talk to him about. He spoke with Senate intelligence investigators on Tuesday for their Russian Federation probe and outlined the differences between Congress' inquiries and the special counsel's.

It's common practice for prosecutors to inform defense attorneys about the subjects they plan to pursue during a voluntary interview and for defense lawyers to try to limit the extent of questioning, said Harry Sandick, a former prosecutor with the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

But critical decisions lie ahead.

Asked whether the President would ever plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions, two sources said the legal team believes there are many "constitutional challenges" that would need to be met before that possibility even would be considered.

Negotiations over an interview with Mr Trump have been going on since past year. Flynn is now cooperating with Mueller.

Two weeks ago, Trump recruited to his legal team former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said he would try to reach a deal with Mueller on how the president would cooperate with the probe.

It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about such a move.

Trump's lawyers are careful to say that the President hasn't shut the door to a possible agreement for an interview.

The Times said it got the list from someone "outside Mr. Trump's legal team".

The Post said Trump and some advisers hope to use the release of the questions to further criticize Mueller's investigation.

He says: "What are they afraid of?"

In a Tuesday tweet, Trump blasts what he calls a "rigged system".

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