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A former Trump campaign aide interviewed by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's team said Wednesday that the probe is "still really focused on Russian Federation collusion".
"Emmet Flood will be joining the White House Staff to represent the President and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "If Bob Mueller issues a subpoena, there is no discussion", Lanny Davis, who served as special counsel to President Clinton, told me.
The latest upheaval of the president's legal team comes as Trump has adopted an increasingly hostile posture toward the special counsel, whose investigation has expanded into an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice by seeking to shut down the probe. "Ty Cobb, a friend of the president, who has done a terrific job, will be retiring at the end of the month". 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.
As negotiations over his potential testimony hit a sensitive point, President Trump complained Wednesday that the Russian Federation investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is interfering with presidential duties.
Trump's renewed complaints about the Mueller investigation come after release of a list of more than four dozen questions the special counsel would like to ask the president.
Attorney John Dowd told The Associated Press on Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller's team broached the subject during a meeting with Trump's legal team while they were negotiating the terms of a possible interview with the president.
It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved".
"The idea that the president would be immune from testifying in a serious criminal prosecution is probably a nonstarter", he said.
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.
Several Republican lawmakers have criticized the Department of Justice, especially Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has refused to turn over documents to Congress that allegedly show anti-Trump bias among some senior government officials, Efe reported. Of particular interest to prosecutors is longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's and Russian-born businessman Felix Sater's push to build a Trump Tower in Moscow at the height of the election.
Well, Congress can't get just any access it wants to documents in an ongoing investigation.
There is evidence too that these unsavory sources, again including banks such as Deutsche Bank, have laundered money through Trump properties, including properties in the U.S. There are no questions on the list that address these issues. Trump, angry that the questions go beyond the realm of what he considers within the purview of the special counsel, ranted in his daily tweets against the "leakers" he claimed were on the Mueller team. It should not be seen as at all coincidental that the Trump legal team might leak the questions to the New York Times, claiming they cross Trump's red line, and that, at the same time the Freedom Caucus launched its attack on Rosenstein. He can demand a face-to-face interview with the president, with Trump's attorneys present. Trump could easily be caught lying, or reveal new information damaging to himself.
Social media are rampant with various opinions of Kanye West, Michelle Wolf and a coterie of bloggers, all of whom in some way are connected to Trump's pernicious, bombastic ravings.
"They know more about the Trump campaign than anyone who ever worked there", Caputo said.
Trump has repeatedly offered contradictory explanations for his role in most of the events outlined above. Why so much redacting?
Trump on Twitter Wednesday promoted a comment from attorney Joseph diGenova describing the questions as an "intrusion" into the president's constitutional powers and saying it would be "outrageous" to ask the president what he was thinking when firing members of the executive branch. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Trump tweeted earlier that: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)".
"I think they should understand by now the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted", Rosenstein said.
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