Mueller team floated possible subpoena for Trump: attorney

Mueller team floated possible subpoena for Trump: attorney

A former attorney for President Donald Trump says investigators looking into Russian election meddling have raised the prospect of issuing a grand jury subpoena to compel Trump to testify under oath.

"This isn't some game".

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that "at some point (he) will have no choice" but to involve himself in the Russian Federation probe, which he has repeatedly called a "witch hunt".

Mr Trump's lawyers insisted during the meeting that the President was under no obligation to face questions by federal investigators in relation to the Russian Federation inquiry, the Washington Post reported.

Attorney John Dowd told The Associated Press that special counsel Robert Mueller's team broached the subject during a meeting with Trump's legal team while they were negotiating the terms of a possible interview with the president.

Even if Mueller's team chose to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, he could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

Whether President Donald Trump will be the second as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe remains to be seen.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Cobb had been discussing the decision for weeks and would retire at the end of May, and that Flood would be joining the White House staff to "represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt".

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Trump on Tuesday condemned the release of the questions on Twitter and asserted that there were "no questions about collusion", even though some do appear on the list. "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!" A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment. In this case, that could include the hiring and firing of persons like former national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-FBI Director James Comey. Some touch on Russian meddling in the USA election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated in any way with the Kremlin.

In one question, Mueller asks what Trump knew about campaign staff, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reaching out to Moscow.

Mueller issued the warning during a meeting with Trump's attorneys on March 5, as four people with knowledge of the meeting revealed to the capital daily on condition of anonymity. Trump denies making such requests.

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

The episode highlights the escalating showdown between the White House and the special counsel.

Negotiations over an interview with Mr Trump have been going on since a year ago.

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. Without saying a word publicly, Mr. Mueller and his team of experienced investigators are showing America how a government premised on the rule of law is supposed to function.

"You'd have to go through hoops at the Justice Department for permission to serve (a subpoena to), say, a journalist", he explained in an interview with WND and Radio America.

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