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The Trump question: Imperial Presidency or do laws apply to him?

The Trump question: Imperial Presidency or do laws apply to him?”

With the FBI probe into the Trump campaign's purported collusion with Russian Federation to manipulate the 2016 Presidential election zeroing in on the White House incumbent, the President and his supporters are making the argument that any efforts by the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller to subpoena Trump would interfere with Presidential prerogatives and duties. 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 USA attorneys.

The president's legal team has not committed to an interview with Mueller, who has dozens of questions on a broad array of topics he'd like to ask Trump. She says Cobb informed White House chief of staff John Kelly last week that he would retire at the end of May.

Flood will soon work alongside a remade group of personal lawyers - including another hire expected in the coming weeks - as they devise a new strategy to deal with Mueller's team, according to White House advisers.

As we have discussed from time to time, the story line that President Donald Trump has the option whether to sit down with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is simply wrong.

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After the March meeting, Mueller's team agreed to provide the president's lawyers with more specific information about the subjects they wished to ask Trump, the Post reported.

In fact, the meeting between Mueller's team and Trump's lawyers was so tense and the outcome so fraught for the President that it eventually led to the resignation of the John Dowd, one of President Trump's attorneys. Trump has said he wants to talk to Mueller. The apparent Plan B from the White House is to convince voters - and Congress - that Mueller's investigation is an illegal witch hunt.

And even if Mueller's team made a decision to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, he could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination. How long? No one knows - a subpoena from Mueller that Trump fought would be a novel legal problem and might require months of arguments or rulings.

"After Trump weighed in with Comey on the merits of prosecuting Flynn, Comey has testified that the Federal Bureau of Investigation ignored what the president said".

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In mid-April, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office, home and a hotel room that he was using. Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen says he personally paid Daniels in the days before the 2016 election.

Trump and his allies complain that Rosenstein and the Justice Department have been slow-walking their requests for documents about the Mueller investigation and other matters, part of what conservatives call a conspiracy to frame Trump. On Wednesday, Trump continued trying to set up Rosenstein for a fall, concluding a tweet: "At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved". Trump's team, of course, is exceedingly wary about giving Mueller that opportunity.

Others, including one of Trump's newest lawyers, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, appear to want to keep the door open to an interview. The Times did not name the source who passed it the list, saying only that the source was not a current member of President Trump's legal team.

What happens if Robert Mueller issues a subpoena for President Trump to testify in the Russian Federation investigation? This approach is also against his self-interest because when he boasts or tweets negatively about the investigation, he appears to put himself in more legal jeopardy. "No questions on Collusion", he said, "collusion that never existed". Members of the Freedom Caucus say they have drawn up articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general supervising Mueller.

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", the president tweeted Wednesday. Why so much redacting? "I think they've reached a point where, very frankly, they're not going to be able to conclude this investigation without the testimony of the president of the United States".

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Flood, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, has defended former Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit brought by former Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame and represented President George W. Bush in executive-privilege disputes with Congress - suggesting he is well-versed in the powers of the presidency and may invoke those authorities as the Mueller investigation moves forward.



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