Trump furious about Russian Federation investigation's questions and 'phony crime'
- Author: Sonia Alvarado May 03, 2018,
May 03, 2018, 9:22
And they indicate that Mueller wants to know if Trump offered a pardon to his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who has already been charged by Mueller with lying and is believed to be cooperating with the investigation.
Mr Trump's lawyers insisted during the meeting that the President was under no obligation to face questions by federal investigators in relation to the Russian Federation inquiry, the Washington Post reported.
The threat to issue a subpoena, as it is known, was reportedly met with a sharp response from one of Mr. Trump's former lawyers. "You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States", Dowd said he told the investigators, who are probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Despite that, Trump wrongly tweeted on Tuesday that none of the leaked questions deal with any alleged "collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.
The questions attempt to drill down into Trump's conflicting public answers for his reasons for firing Comey - in one interview he referenced "this Russian Federation thing" - and ask him about the decision more directly.
Bottom line: as this CNN reporter says, "Trump's legal team is bracing for the dramatic possibility that Mueller would subpoena the President".
In 1998, independent prosecutor Ken Starr served a subpoena on Clinton that ordered him to testify about his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
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His retirement comes as the president's personal legal team has been negotiating the terms of a possible sit-down between Trump and prosecutors.
A person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, told the Associated Press that the president's lawyers extrapolated the list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller's team about the topics prosecutors wanted to cover in a potential sit down with Trump.
Trump's lawyers are careful to say that the President hasn't shut the door to a possible agreement for an interview. Trump initially said he was eager for an interview, but he hasn't said so recently.
"I want to know who Dan Jones is talking to across the investigations - from the FBI, to the Southern District of NY, to the [office of the special counsel], to the Department of Justice, to Congress", he continued. Some of Mr Trump's advisers have counselled that he could risk being accused of perjury if he submits to open-ended questioning from Mr Mueller and provides meandering answers. None of the charges relates to allegations of Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates, and Manafort has denied having anything to do with such an effort.
Additional questions center on Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions on sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. On Tuesday, the special counsel's office and Flynn, a key cooperator, agreed to put off setting his sentencing date for another 60 days, saying the delay was necessary "due to the status" of the investigation.
One question asks whether there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon" ahead of his guilty plea previous year.