Trump lawyer: any Mueller-Trump interview to be limited

by Garry Watts May 3, 2018, 9:24
Trump lawyer: any Mueller-Trump interview to be limited

The leak of the questions, which were reported by the New York Times, could disrupt the negotiations over a Trump interview, which have been going on since a year ago.

Facing critical decisions in the Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump has hired Emmet Flood, a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process.

It's the latest shake-up for a legal team grappling with unresolved questions on how to protect the president from legal and political jeopardy in Mueller's Russian Federation probe, which is nearing its one-year anniversary.

Michael Caputo made the comments to CNN shortly after he spoke with Mueller's team.

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?

They agreed to provide the President's lawyers with more specific information about the questions they wished to ask Mr. Trump.

The New York Times said the questions were read by the investigators to the President's lawyers, who compiled them into a list.

The Times said it got the list from someone "outside Mr. Trump's legal team".

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

The questions are a reminder of just how aberrant this White House has been.

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According to the Post, that March 5 meeting led to an agreement from Mueller's team to give Trump an idea of what the special counsel planned to talk to him about.

It has always been clear that Mueller is interested in whether Trump may have obstructed justice.

"I want to know who Dan Jones is talking to across the investigations - from the FBI, to the Southern District of NY, to the [office of the special counsel], to the Department of Justice, to Congress", he continued.

The law firm of Williams & Connolly confirmed that Flood is departing.

Sekulow also struggled to find another lawyer with experience in white-collar investigations to help after several high-profile lawyers turned down the work because of conflicts of interest or concerns about the negative publicity that could come from being involved. Mueller is probing not only Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates but possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

Ahead of his Tuesday meeting with the Senate panel's investigators, Caputo again said the Trump campaign did not collude with the Russians during the 2016 campaign.

The Washington Post reports Mueller brought up the option in a "testy" meeting with Trump's lawyers back in March.

A person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, told the AP that the president's lawyers extrapolated the list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller's team about the topics prosecutors wanted to cover in a potential sit down with Trump.

The questions range from Trump's motivations for firing FBI Director James Comey a year ago to contacts Trump's campaign had with Russians.

Mueller, multiple experts indicated, is potentially waiting until the tail end of his probe before calling her for an interview and asking her for documents, out of fear of angering the president or furthering cries of a "witch hunt". "No questions on Collusion", he said, "collusion that never existed".

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