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Robert Mueller's team floated idea of subpoena for Trump

Robert Mueller's team floated idea of subpoena for Trump”

According to a report by The Washington Post, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is heading the independent Russian Federation probe, told Trump's legal team that he might subpoena the President to testify if he refused to cooperate with the investigation into cooperation between his 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

She said later that Flood would be joining the White House staff to "represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt". He'll be replaced by Emmet Flood a veteran Washington attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

In the meantime, the White House confirmed Wednesday that Ty Cobb, Trump's lead lawyer in dealing with the Mueller probe, is stepping down - the latest in a series of departures from the president's legal team as it debates whether Trump should agree to be interviewed. Last month, Giuliani joined the group of lawyers outside the White House after the former head of that team, John Dowd, quit earlier this year amid disagreements about strategy.

Amid news that Donald Trump has once again traded an old lawyer for a new one, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that no matter what, he's headed for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a list of more than 40 questions it said that Mueller's team wanted the president to answer.

Dowd, who left Trump's defence team soon after, told Associated Press that Mueller's team brought up the issue of a subpoena during the negotiation of terms of a possible interview with the president.

It's unclear if Trump will actually be subpoenaed.

Flood's selection came in part because the investigation had reached a pivotal moment, said one person familiar with his recruitment for the job.

Legal experts have said Trump could challenge the summons in a court of law, or refuse to answer questions by invoking his right under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution in order to remain silent in order to not incriminate himself. He has also reportedly raged about why the "Trump Justice Department" is not doing more to protect him from criminal legal exposure.

Dowd's comments provide a new window into the interactions between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

Well, Congress can't get just any access it wants to documents in an ongoing investigation.

There are two species of questions here.

President Donald Trump threatened in a Wednesday tweet to use "the powers granted to the Presidency" Wednesday to intervene on behalf of congressional lawmakers seeking thousands of subpoenaed documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

That followed another rant on Tuesday, in which Trump said it was "disgraceful" that a list of proposed questions drafted in response to Mueller's negotiations with the legal team was "leaked" to the news media. For now, the proper framing is this: Trump can testify the easy way (not under oath, with his lawyer) or the hard way (alone in front of a grand jury).

Caputo, who advised the Trump campaign on communications in 2016, has long insisted he has no information about collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation.

The interview took place in Mueller's Southwest Washington office where Caputo, 56, described the interview room as a "nondescript, ugly, government furniture conference room about the size of a bathroom", where prosecutors took turns peppering him with questions.

Cohen is tied up in multiple legal battles over alleged "hush money" payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Trump added: "With North Korea, China, the Middle East and so much more, there is not much time to be thinking about this, especially since there was no Russian 'Collusion'".

He says: "What are they afraid of?" On Wednesday morning, he tweeted: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)". Why so much redacting? With everyone focused on whether he would fire Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, Trump took a very different path. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" in the same tweet.

Article II gives the U.S. president authority to control the executive branch, including law enforcement and personnel, and his supporters say such power is absolute and unfettered.



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