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President Trump facing possible subpoena to appear before a grand jury

03 May 2018

Special counsel Robert Mueller discussed issuing a subpoena for President Trump during a meeting in early March with Trump's lawyers, The Washington Post reported.

At about 9:30 on Wednesday, Trump tweeted again, quoting a former USA attorney who says such questions are an intrusion into the Constitutional powers of the president to fire anyone.

"This isn't some game".

Facing critical decisions in the Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump has hired Emmet Flood, a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process. Dowd, who subsequently quit Trump's legal team, confirmed to The Associated Press that Mueller's team had broached compelling Trump to testify.

The questions - at least four dozen in all - also show Mr Mueller wants to find out what Mr Trump knew about connections between members of his presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Mueller said in that case, he might issue a subpoena, the first time he had raised that possibility with Trump's legal team.

Trump initially said he was eager to be interviewed, but his perspective on Mueller soured a raid last month targeting his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, in a separate investigation.

Both Trump and Moscow deny any wrongdoing, and the president has called the investigation a political witch hunt.

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", Trump tweeted. As for obstruction of the investigation after he took office, he scoffed, "It would be very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"

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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.

Mueller's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Mr. Mueller has already secured an indictment of Mr. Manafort on federal charges, including money laundering, tax fraud and making false statements, and has extracted a guilty plea from Mr. Manafort's top aide, Rick Gates, on related charges.

There's still no word from the White House as to whether Trump will sit down to answer these questions or others for the investigation.

The questions also involve key moments from the early months of the Trump administration, including his reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation and Trump's firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Meanwhile, whatever the skeletal remains of Trump's legal team actually believe, they are likely telling him what he wants to hear on this front as well.

"When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?" one question asks. Trump initially said he was eager for an interview, but he hasn't said so recently.

Republicans are also taking aim at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who oversees Mueller's investigation.

One question asks whether there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon" ahead of his guilty plea past year.

President Trump facing possible subpoena to appear before a grand jury