Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

Amid a week full of Russian Federation investigation bombshells that includes the revelation of Mueller's Trump interview question wish list and news the special counsel at least once threatened to subpoena the president, Panetta said the revolving door of lawyers won't stop the face-to-face meeting that's sure to come.

President Bill Clinton, who had a pretty good sense of what was coming when he appeared before a grand jury, triggered an impeachment process through his statements about Monica Lewinsky.

Dowd left the president's legal team about two weeks after the meeting.

Cobb notified White House Chief of Staff John Kelly last week that he would retire at the end of this month, Sanders said, describing Cobb as "a friend of the president who has done a terrific job". John Dowd, then Trump's lead lawyer, was outraged.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a list of more than 40 questions it said that Mueller's team wanted the president to answer. In March, Mr Mueller warned during a meeting with Mr Trump's lawyers that he could issue a subpoena for the President to appear before a grand jury, according to four people familiar with the encounter.

The Supreme Court precedent is clear on whether Trump's testimony can be compelled.

Those who predict that the confrontation with Mueller could be devastating - setting up a risky clash between the President's "truthiness" problem and the stringent requirements of the law - downplay how much of the investigation really depends on politics, not law.

Earlier Wednesday, the White House said Ty Cobb, the point person in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, is retiring at the end of this month.

President Donald Trump is angrily protesting a leaked list of questions that the Justice Department's special counsel may want to ask him, while at the same time contending the list shows anew there was no crime or collusion with the Russians by his presidential campaign.

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Trump's legal team is well-aware Mueller could issue a subpoena, a possibility they have calculated in their strategy on negotiating an interview, according to people familiar with the team's thinking.

Dowd's comments provide a new window into the interactions between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation. But whether the president would be willing to do so is an open question.

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.

With assistance from conservative media outlets like Fox News, which amplify what Trump says, and House Republicans like congressmen Devin Nunes and Mark Meadows, who have also lent support to this storyline, the plan has been working.

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 to a 2016 investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. Trump is pursuing a political strategy: Discredit the investigation and fire those who are doing it.

Just to see Trump squirm is rewarding enough for many Americans, who have grown increasingly intolerant of his stringent, immoral policies. "There's not many more bad precedents that you can have", he said, suggesting that the office is already about as weakened as it can get. "He loses. He'll have to testify", Sol Wisenberg, a Washington defense attorney who was deputy independent counsel in the Starr investigation, told me, pointing to the case law.

Article II gives the USA president authority to control the executive branch, including law enforcement and personnel, and his supporters say such power is absolute and unfettered.

"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress", Trump tweeted. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" "I think they've reached a point where, very frankly, they're not going to be able to conclude this investigation without the testimony of the president of the United States". The Justice Department says that "dozens of members and staff from both parties" have viewed thousands of classified documents and House staff even have temporary office space in the department to review additional materials.

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