Trump lawyer Giuliani defends legality of porn star payment

Trump lawyer Giuliani defends legality of porn star payment

Those interview negotiations are hugely consequential, especially after Dowd confirmed to the AP this week that Mueller's team in March raised the prospect of issuing a grand jury subpoena for Trump, an extraordinary move that would seek to force a sitting president to testify under oath. Cobb has served as a key point person for Mueller's requests and worked closely with Trump's personal lawyers.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, as well as possible obstruction of justice by Trump. The payment was part of a "private agreement" that involved money that had "nothing to do with the campaign", Trump said.

"You have a group of investigators that are all Democrats", Trump said. Nothing's off the table.

Trump at this time once more accused Mueller of getting partisan investigators.

Cobb had advocated cooperation with Mueller, including a presidential interview, in hopes of bringing the investigation to an end.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said in an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey a year ago because Comey would not state "that he wasn't a target" of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

"That's not a criticism of Ty, but it's just about how we're going to do this", he added.

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The standoff between Dowd and Mueller led to weeks of turmoil, according to the Post, as Trump's legal team determined how to respond to Mueller's request for an interview with Trump.

Trump lashed out against the investigation in familiar fashion Wednesday, tweeting: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)".

He also called the investigation into Russia's interference in the US election a "witch hunt", as he frequently does.

Behind the scenes, as Mr. Cobb rushed to turn over records to Mr. Mueller, his relationship soured with the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, who thought Mr. Cobb should have more thoroughly reviewed documents and been willing to assert executive privilege.

"Some people have talked about a possible 12-hour interview". It is not clear when McGahn chose to exit the White House. McGahn and Flood declined to comment. It has also represented senior White House officials, including presidents. And what about his reported comments to Russian officials in the Oval Office, one day after Comey's firing, that getting rid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director relieved "great pressure" from his presidency?

"He feels his guys are being outmaneuvered", this adviser said. And in light of reporting this week that the special counsel still has a keen interest in interviewing Trump - and an apparent willingness to rely on compulsory process - there is a distinct possibility that Mueller may go to court and invoke Nixon if the president doesn't cooperate, either voluntarily or in the face of a valid subpoena.

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