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Mueller Reportedly Raised The Idea Of Subpoenaing Trump

Mueller Reportedly Raised The Idea Of Subpoenaing Trump

Since then, Giuliani's reportedly spoken with Mueller about a possible interview with Trump. Its fundamental goal is truth-seeking - unlike, say, the embarrassing obfuscations of the Republican leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, who last week absolved Mr. Trump and his campaign of any wrongdoing in a 250-page report that reads more like a work of fantasy than a government investigation.

Mueller has raised the possibility of a presidential subpoena in at least one meeting, according to two sources.

Sekulow did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Russia investigation may now lead to a question that has triggered legal debate for more than four decades: Can prosecutors subpoena a sitting president to testify before a grand jury?

Numerous questions obtained by the Times center on the obstruction issue, including his reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision Trump has angrily criticized.

During independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton related to Monica Lewinsky, prosecutors eventually subpoenaed the president for grand jury testimony.

Cobb's departure was not unexpected given that he had largely wrapped up his duties of providing documents to Mueller and shepherding aides through voluntary interviews with the special counsel's team. They have not yet made a decision about an interview. But some of the President's legal advisers are gambling that Mueller would not go that far. But his attorneys later said that conflicts of interest prevented the move. But the questions suggest that investigators want to focus on collusion and obstruction of justice.

GOP-led House panel clears Trump campaign in Russian Federation probe
The revelation was so significant that Trump himself felt compelled to comment on it in a campaign-style rally in MI on Saturday. Committee Democrats, Schiff said at the time, would continue to investigate with or without the Republican majority.


Trump on Tuesday criticised the leak of the questions.

The questions contained in a document posted online by the Times on Monday night reflected questions that defense lawyers anticipated rather than verbatim queries that Mueller's team provided, the person said.

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. Numerous open-ended queries focus on potential efforts to obstruct justice through the firings of FBI Director James Comey or attempts to fire the special counsel himself.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, whether anyone close to Trump colluded in it and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey. He said collusion with the Russians "never existed". As for obstruction of the investigation after he took office, he scoffed, "It would be very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!" Some touch on Russian meddling in the US election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated in any way with the Kremlin.

Caputo, who has a background as a political operative in the US and Russian Federation, told the magazine he expected to be asked about his time as an aide with the campaign, his previous work in Russian Federation in the 1990s, and his connections to GOP operative Roger Stone and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the meeting.

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. Flynn is now cooperating with Mueller.


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