President Trump should learn from Watergate and Richard Nixon
- Author: Megan Austin May 03, 2018,
May 03, 2018, 14:17
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".
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".
There are modern precedents of Presidents having to comply with subpoenas (Richard Nixon) and having to testify before grand jury (Bill Clinton).
But special counsel Robert Mueller is attempting to reach an agreement with Trump's lawyers for him to be cross-examined by Mueller's team concerning the collusion allegations and whether some of Trump's actions as president amount to "obstruction of justice". She says Cobb informed White House chief of staff John Kelly last week that he would retire at the end of May. 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.
The Washington Post first reported that Mueller's team raised the possibility of a subpoena for Trump.
The don't-do-an-interview camp may have been the origin of an account of the questions Mueller has told Trump's lawyers he wants to ask - seeking to illustrate the breadth and detail that Trump would need to cover and the potential pitfalls that could create.
But the Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Mueller's team threatened to subpoena Trump to appear before a grand jury during a heated discussion with Trump's lawyers in March.
He also promoted an upcoming book, called "The Russia Hoax: The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump".
It probably would lead to a prolonged legal battle and extend the timeline for Mr Mueller's probe, said former government prosecutor Harry Sandick. And if he is, the White House could fight it all the way to the Supreme Court.
Trump has incorrectly asserted that the Mueller questions leaked to the New York Times by his lawyers deal only with "false" charges of obstruction of justice.
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. Some of them have asked for an unredacted version of a Justice Department document that sets out the scope for Mueller's probe, a request that the department immediately denied because it pertains to an ongoing investigation.
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There are two species of questions here.
Trump had recently sought to add diGenova - a frequent Fox News guest - to his legal team.
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.
Meanwhile, another Trump lawyer is on his way out. That's the idea that his presidential campaign collaborated with Russians who were trying to help him to the Oval Office. 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".
If Trump were to answer "no" and Gates told the grand jury that Trump did know of this, Mueller could claim Trump lied and ask the same grand jury to indict Trump for that.
Trump has repeatedly offered contradictory explanations for his role in most of the events outlined above.
He says: "What are they afraid of?"
"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress", Trump tweeted. Why so much redacting?
Several Republican House committee chairmen have recently negotiated deals with the Justice Department to turn over documents related to Russian Federation investigations into Trump and also the 2016 investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.
In another tweet, Trump called any investigation into possible obstruction of justice a "setup and trap", claiming once again that there had been no wrongdoing by people involved in his 2016 campaign for office. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" Trump tweeted Wednesday.
Flood, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, has defended former Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit brought by former Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame and represented President George W. Bush in executive-privilege disputes with Congress - suggesting he is well-versed in the powers of the presidency and may invoke those authorities as the Mueller investigation moves forward.