Trump slams leaked questions in Russia probe

President Donald Trump pauses during a during a news conference

The Washington Post reported that in one meeting with Mueller, the president's lawyers insisted Trump had no obligation to talk.

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 previous year.

It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about such a move. The lawyers have been trying to negotiate ways to narrow the scope of a possible interview, which Mueller requested at the end of previous year.

President Donald Trump is slamming a leaked list of questions that the Justice Department's special counsel may want to ask him as part of the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller also wants to know if Trump discussed with any campaign staff arranging a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He ultimately became the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury about his conduct. Trump's lawyers met with prosecutors in early March.

The questions attempt to drill down into Trump's conflicting public answers for his reasons for firing Comey - in one interview he referenced "this Russian Federation thing" - and ask him about the decision more directly.

Dowd resigned from Trump's legal team later in March.




However Mr. Mueller's team reportedly responded by suggesting they would issue a subpoena if Mr. Trump declined.

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.

"Mueller would know that trying to interview Ivanka Trump would be like lighting a match to the highly combustible Donald Trump", former federal prosecutor Elizabeth de la Vega, who worked under Mueller, told Politico. After all, if they believe a sit-down interview would be treacherous, what better way to persuade him to avoid it than telling him he has already vanquished Mueller - that the public agrees the probe has been discredited and will cheer him on as he flouts the demand for an interview?

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

It's common practice for prosecutors to inform defense attorneys about the subjects they plan to pursue during a voluntary interview and for defense lawyers to try to limit the extent of questioning, said Harry Sandick, a former prosecutor with the US Attorney for the Southern District of NY. Based on that information, Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow wrote a list of 49 potential questions from Mueller, a list which The New York Times published Monday.

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.

It's still unclear whether Mueller's investigators will be able to ask Trump any questions - or whether these are the ones they would ask.

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