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President Trump facing possible subpoena to appear before a grand jury

03 May 2018, 02:15 | Katrina Lee

President Trump facing possible subpoena to appear before a grand jury

Trump Casts Doubt on Mueller Interview, Denies Change on Daniels

Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo tells ABC News special counsel Robert Mueller's team is still very much focused on whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

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".

Ty Cobb's announced departure is the latest in a series from the president's legal team amid an internal debate over whether or not Trump should agree to be interviewed by Mueller. John Dowd, then Trump's lead lawyer, was outraged.

Cobb has been the point person for the President Donald Trump's White House regarding special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

But Trump's lawyers are preparing for it and have put together a list of 49 questions, as reported earlier, that they believe Mueller's team could ask, gleaned from conversations with them. That could come into play as Trump's legal team continues to negotiate a possible interview of the president by Mueller, whose team has said it could resort to a subpoena for Trump to appear before a grand jury.

It's still unclear whether Mueller's investigators will be able to ask Trump any questions - or whether these are the ones they would ask. Cohen said he wouldn't give evidence in that proceeding because he also is dealing with a federal criminal investigation into his business practices in NY and battling prosecutors over evidence in that case.

"The appointment was not in compliance with Justice Department regulations for appointing a special counsel because you're supposed to have a basis for a criminal investigation, which they didn't", McCarthy explained.

The assumption among many commentators is that a subpoena poses a huge risk to President Trump and, just as importantly, to Republicans in 2018 and 2020.

In Flood's role as a White House lawyer, he'll be representing the office of the president rather than Trump personally. Because some Democratic lawmakers have said they will impeach him if they win the House in the November midterm elections (when the entire House and a third of the Senate will be up for election), Trump has been exhorting his base to make sure Republicans retain the House.

GOP-led panel absolves president of Russian Federation collusion
The House panel did find that Russian Federation sought to sow discord in the United States through cyberattacks and social media. The committee also did not agree with assessments that Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred Trump to Hillary Clinton.

But in a flurry of tweets on Wednesday morning, Trump, sounding alarmed, challenged Mueller's line of inquiry and its legitimacy by invoking the "imperial Presidency" arguments made by some lawyers and constitutional experts.

The slow-motion showdown between President Trump and Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller has entered a new phase: a knife fight over how, when or whether the two men may meet for an interview. Given the president's well-known propensity to talk at length on many disjointed matters and to think both aloud and unfiltered - witness his 30-minute unannounced telephone interview on live cable television with my colleagues on "Fox & Friends" last week - there is a very serious danger that he would contradict himself and even contradict facts for which the special counsel has hard evidence.

While pondering whether to testify, Trump is setting up an unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in an effort to get him to give up nuclear weapons. I say "so-called" because "collusion" is a media and a political word; it does not describe anything in the law.

Mueller's prosecutors and Trump's lawyers have been negotiating the terms of a voluntary interview, but Mueller is now threatening a subpoena if Trump does not commit to the session. But more recently, he and his team of lawyers, which has undergone changes in recent months, have not said when - or if. What are they afraid of?

"Unlike, say, attorney-client privilege, where there's lot of case law".

While most of Mueller's questions in the obstruction thread relate directly to Trump's statements and conduct, it isn't the same case when it comes to the collusion thread.

"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress".

The latest target by Trump and his supporters, however, isn't Mueller, but the man to whom he reports: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" "What the President was thinking is an outrageous....as to the President's unfettered power to fire anyone..."

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