Trump calls leak of Mueller's Russian Federation questions 'disgraceful'

More of these questions seek details about events, such as particular meetings or communications, and not simply the president's state of mind.

"There are two possible explanations", said Matthew Miller, a former spokesman for the Justice Department.

Yes - but it would be hardball.

Special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly discussed issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump.

Clinton faced hundreds of pointed questions when he testified for over four hours before a grand jury in 1998. The New York Times reported that the source was "a person outside Mr. Trump's legal team".

Could Trump resist a subpoena?

"Hopefully we're getting near the end".

That sets up the prospect of a long legal battle that would run parallel to the sprawling Mueller probe.

Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his interview as part of Mueller's probe. Trump has criticized people who invoke their 5th Amendment rights. Comey ruled out seeking elected office and said that, as a leader, he took responsibility for some of the turmoil that has surrounded the Federal Bureau of Investigation in recent months.

So why wouldn't Trump just cooperate to prevent a subpoena or taking the Fifth?

Cobb's retirement comes as the president's personal legal team has been negotiating the terms of a possible sit-down between Trump and Mueller's team. "No questions on Collusion", he said, "collusion that never existed".

"Being Trump's lawyer must be so exhausting", Noah continued. He's been described as someone who likes to digress, to prevaricate, to exaggerate.

Efforts by Trump to fire Mueller. And then there are questions about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Meanwhile, the questions published by the paper are wide-ranging and are said to include more queries related to possible obstruction of justice.

After the Mach 5 meeting, Mueller's investigators reportedly provided Trump's lawyers with more information about the scope of topics they wanted to explore with Trump.

Two weeks ago, Trump recruited to his legal team former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said he would try to reach a deal with Mueller on how the president would cooperate with the probe.

Trump adds: "At some point I will have no choice but to use the powers granted to the Presidency and get involved!"

They agreed to provide the President's lawyers with more specific information about the questions they wished to ask Mr. Trump.

The FBI also has been besieged by allegations of political bias following anti-Trump text messages between two senior FBI officials who were, for a time, working on Mueller's investigation.

One of the sources says the legal team views a subpoena for a presidential interview as "precipitating a constitutional crisis".

"What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails?" another question asks about a June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer.

Could Trump solve his problems by firing Mueller?

Further, White House spokesman Raj Shah said that the Times report was "troubling".

Flynn was sacked February 13, 2017, after White House officials said he had misled them about his Russian contacts during the transition period by saying that he had not discussed sanctions. Those arguing Trump "can't obstruct justice when he's acting as president" will need a new rationale to defend the embattled president.

Rosenstein says the Justice Department wants to cooperate with members of Congress but within reason.

"If I was still going to be in the position of having to brief him privately, had I not said that, what would have happened thereafter?"

  • Salvatore Jensen