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No Collusion? Leak Shows Mueller Wants To Ask Trump About It

03 May 2018, 02:17 | Colleen Roy

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Sean Hannity Trashes Latest Mueller Leak ‘The New York Times Is Full of Crap’ More

"In a tense meeting in early March with the special counsel, President Trump's lawyers insisted he had no obligation to talk with federal investigators probing Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign".

Ty Cobb, a lawyer who has expressed discomfort with Trump's attacks on Mueller's probe, according to a source who spoke to CNN, is leaving the White House, and Trump is hiring Emmet Flood, who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process. In addition to helping to represent Clinton, Flood assisted former President George W. Bush with a series of congressional inquiries, including the investigation into his firing of seven US attorneys.

Cobb, the White House point person on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, informed White House chief of staff John Kelly last week that he would retire at the end of May.

The don't-do-an-interview camp may have been the origin of an account of the questions Mueller has told Trump's lawyers he wants to ask - seeking to illustrate the breadth and detail that Trump would need to cover and the potential pitfalls that could create.

John Dowd told Reuters that Mueller mentioned the possibility of a subpoena in the early March meeting.

It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved".

The announcement of Cobb's departure came abruptly on Wednesday - just hours after he conducted an interview with ABC News in which he said "people are working hard to make decisions and work towards an interview" with Mueller. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Cobb had been discussing the decision for "several weeks".

Trump's legal team is well-aware Mueller could issue a subpoena, a possibility they have calculated in their strategy on negotiating an interview, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. Republican members of the House Freedom Caucus say impeachment would be used against Rosenstein as a "last resort" if he doesn't comply with requests for information pertaining to the Russian Federation investigation.

The two sides are battling to shape the public discussion about the president's legal dilemma and grab the attention of the principal himself. Trump, angry that the questions go beyond the realm of what he considers within the purview of the special counsel, ranted in his daily tweets against the "leakers" he claimed were on the Mueller team.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a senior judicial analyst for Fox News, said Wednesday on Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co." that if Trump were to sit down with Mueller and told "one white lie", he could be indicted.

Caputo, who advised the Trump campaign on communications in 2016, has long insisted he has no information about collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation.

From the start, Trump's legal team has been out-manned by Mueller's. In this brilliant clip focusing on the Mueller leak, Noah excoriates the POTUS for his illiteracy, compares Trump's lawyers to parents tricking their toddlers, and pauses to nail Sean Hannity for a rather elementary mistake at the 4:00 mark. "No questions on Collusion", he said, "collusion that never existed".

At about 9:30 on Wednesday, Trump tweeted again, quoting a former United States attorney who says such questions are an intrusion into the Constitutional powers of the president to fire anyone. Trump's allies in Congress, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, say they've received assurances from the White House that Mueller's dismissal is not in the offing.

"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress", Trump tweeted.

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter yesterday morning, again calling the investigation a "Witch Hunt!" Why so much redacting?

Trump also indicated that he could end up firing Muller by warning, "At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!" With everyone focused on whether he would fire Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, Trump took a very different path. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" Trump tweeted Wednesday.

The Justice Department says that "dozens of members and staff from both parties" have viewed thousands of classified documents and House staff members have temporary office space in the department to review additional materials.

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