Special counsel could subpoena Trump

ImageMichael T. Flynn in December

ImageMichael T. Flynn in December

It's the latest shakeup for the legal team grappling with unresolved questions on how to protect the president from legal and political jeopardy.

In a tweet, Trump said there were "no questions on Collusion" and, as he as many times before, called Mueller's investigation a "Russian witch hunt".

Amid news that Donald Trump has once again traded an old lawyer for a new one, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that no matter what, he's headed for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump's legal team is bracing for the dramatic possibility that Mueller would subpoena the President, setting up a collision that could force a lengthy court fight and test the legal limits of the President's power all the way up to the Supreme Court. She says Cobb informed White House chief of staff John Kelly last week that he would retire at the end of May. Don't forget that both presidents who have faced impeachment proceedings in the past few decades, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, were accused of obstructing justice.

"That doesn't exist with executive privilege", he told Baldwin.

There's still no word from the White House as to whether Trump will sit down to answer these questions or others for the investigation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. He spoke with Senate intelligence investigators on Tuesday for their Russian Federation probe and outlined the differences between Congress' inquiries and the special counsel's. But his attorneys later said that conflicts of interest prevented the move.

Critical decisions lie ahead.

Dowd's comments come more than a month after he resigned from the legal team, and they provide a new window into the nature of the Trump lawyers' interactions with the special counsel, whom the president has increasingly tried to undermine through public attacks. Unlike an interview, Trump couldn't bring his lawyers into a grand jury room. On Tuesday, the special counsel's office and Flynn, a key cooperator, agreed to put off setting his sentencing date for another 60 days, saying the delay was necessary "due to the status" of the investigation.

Mr Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the "disgraceful" disclosure of the queries, first reported by The New York Times, which lay out detailed lines of inquiry by Mr Mueller into whether Mr Trump may have tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe.

Dowd, upon hearing of Mueller's line of inquiry, was further convinced that Trump should refuse an interview, the Times reported.

Mr Trump's legal team is well aware Mr Mueller could issue a subpoena, a possibility they have calculated in their strategy on negotiating an interview, sources said. Instead, he sees Mueller hunting for a motivation to obstruct justice in Trump's actions to fire Comey.

Also Wednesday, Trump echoed the concerns of a small group of House conservatives who have been criticizing the Justice Department for not turning over certain investigation documents.

He says: "What are they afraid of?"

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