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Mueller to interview former spokesman of Trump legal team

Mueller to interview former spokesman of Trump legal team”

As I said then, "Even if the prosecutor can't prove that your client committed the crime supposedly being investigated, he will be charged with obstruction of justice or some similar offense for providing false information to agents or false swearing". For months, Republicans greeted the news of every incriminating meeting or email by insisting that the latest revelation was not, by itself, criminal proof of collusion. The obstruction of justice impeachment articles Presidents Nixon and Clinton faced accused them of destroying or withholding evidence and telling witnesses to lie under oath.

On Sunday, two senators in the Republican party commented that Trump should probably maintain his silence with regards to the investigation being conducted by special officer, Robert Mueller. A decision that many of them will have to take now is if the legislation preventing Mueller from being fired by the president - previously sitting around in draft form - now needs to be acted upon. "We know that if he tried to, it would be the end of his presidency".

Senate Republicans moved quickly last August amid speculation that Trump might fire Mueller for investigating beyond his perceived mandate to introduce dueling measures that would provide a layer of job protection.

Either way, he and Trump's other attorneys encouraged the president to keep Mueller in place. Trump distrusts Rosenstein because, Trump reportedly says, he is "a Democrat from Baltimore".

The more it looks like he has something to hide, the easier it is to draw the inference that he was operating with bad intent, Columbus said. Besides whch, he was merely (in his own words) "fighting back".

Mueller's fate is at the forefront of the Russian Federation investigation after news accounts surfaced in recent days that Trump ordered White House lawyer Don McGahn to fire Mueller last June. but backed off after McGahn threatened to quit over the would-be ouster. Jacobs also reported that Trump had not issued a formal directive to fire Mueller but rather that he had discussed the possibility and believed he had the authority to do so.

The question is how long this unstable equilibrium will last.

Comey, in notes he compiled from several meetings with Trump, says that the president urged him to drop his investigation of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked by Trump after less than a month on the job for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's then-ambassador to Washington in the weeks before Trump assumed power. But how many times have you said, "Trump would never go that far", only to find that he would?

Mr. Strzok was involved in interviewing Clinton (which was not recorded), interviewing Trump campaign official Michel Flynn with regard to Russian Federation collusion and he was the one changed the language in former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's statement describing Clinton's private email server use from "grossly negligent", which could have carried criminal penalties - to "extremely careless". From this perspective, Trump's passivity in the face of a shocking conspiracy to destroy him is an act of nearly saintly forbearance.

Had Trump not done so, the congressional investigations into Russian collusion might be winding down - or running out of gas.

But the story also makes it clear that Trump's lawyers have accepted his l'etat, c'est moi conception of the government's prosecutorial power.

But Coons said he's not optimistic the House would impeach Trump were he was to fire Mueller. In appointing Mueller, the Justice Department imposed no real limits on the investigation.



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