Ex-Trump aide: Mueller is still 'really focused' on Russian Federation collusion

Aaron Brown
May 3, 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller discussed issuing a subpoena for President Trump during a meeting in early March with Trump's lawyers, The Washington Post reported.

Bottom line: as this CNN reporter says, "Trump's legal team is bracing for the dramatic possibility that Mueller would subpoena the President".

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.

President Trump has spent over a year insisting "no collusion", but recently he has expanded his opposition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe to include obstruction of justice.

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Cobb did not personally represent the president, but he was a critical adviser, coordinating dealings with Mueller, functioning as a point person for document and interview requests and working closely with Trump's personal lawyers.

The attorney, John Dowd, told The Associated Press the subject came up during a meeting to negotiate the terms of a possible interview with the president.

Numerous reported questions focused on what ties Trump did or didn't have with the Russian hack of Democratic emails and the flood of fake news during the months leading up to the election.

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In 1974, in United States v. Nixon, the Justices unanimously directed President Richard Nixon to comply with a criminal trial subpoena for the White House tapes.

Joined by Giuliani Sekulow has continued talking with Mueller's team since Dowd's departure. The lawyers have been trying to negotiate ways to narrow the scope of a possible interview, which Mueller requested at the end of a year ago.

They have discussed a possible defence against a subpoena, including citing a 1990s ruling involving President Bill Clinton that set a standard for when a president can invoke executive privilege.

While Mueller had a team of more than a dozen seasoned prosecutors at the prime of their careers, Trump's team was led by Dowd, who had decades of experience with large-scale investigations but was in solo practice and nearing retirement.

But experts claim Mueller may be acutely aware that the president could become further enraged by the probe if Ivanka Trump is approached for questioning.

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.

Trump and his aides took comfort in recent assurances provided by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that the president isn't a target of the Mueller investigation or of a separate probe into Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to people familiar with the matter.

"What efforts were made to reach out to Mr Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?" goes another.

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