President Trump's top legal adviser called former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey a liar who should be indicted. In one question, Mueller asks what Trump knew about campaign staff, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, reaching out to Moscow.
"It will be up to Congress at that point, whether to impeach the president", said Rozell. First, it's impossible to imagine Trump getting through an interview without contradicting himself or others' whose testimony Mueller already has. Firing the Deputy AG or Director Mueller would create a constitutional crisis.
Ty Cobb, the White House counsel that Flood was selected to replace, has openly urged the Trump team's cooperation with Mueller and advised Trump to stay quiet on the Russian Federation probe. Comey also said that Trump demanded a pledge of loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director. "They are inextricably linked". Furthermore, Mueller is also investigating whether Donald Trump has sought to obstruct the probe.
The President is also escalating the political heat around the Mueller investigation, seeking to rile up supporters, who he has been priming for months as a firewall against any eventual impeachment fight. The admission came after new legal team member Rudy Giuliani revealed as much in an interview with Fox News. He'll tweet. He'll rally.
John Dowd, who resigned as Trump's lead lawyer on the Russian Federation investigation in March, reportedly raised the possibility of a subpoena during a meeting with the president's legal team before he left.
"I don't see this becoming a case", he said. Prosecutors have documents and other witness interviews that might give them a picture of Trump's communications.
Trump's aggressive approach comes at a time when his legal team is yet again in flux.
Giuliani said Trump had used retainer fees starting in 2017 to reimburse Cohen for the $130,000 Cohen paid the porn star, Stormy Daniels, in the closing weeks of the November 2016 election.
According to Reuters, Giuliani is not sure whether it would be a good for his client to voluntarily submit to an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. One set of questions is meant to get the president off on a disjointed monologue to see whether he - as he did on "Fox & Friends" - will admit to something without actually being accused or even asked about it.
Bannon acknowledged Giuliani had caused some problems with his Fox News interview but said there's a larger strategy at play here. "He's on TV. It's all about the midterms and getting the base fired up". "Jared [Kushner] would be immunized, [Trump lawyer Michael] Cohen would be immunized".
"As a practical matter, the president would have the ability to refuse to answer practically any question", Bill Jeffress, a veteran Washington defense lawyer who was involved in Nixon's defense, told The Associated Press. In a compromise, Starr agreed to Clinton testifying under oath to the grand jury from the White House by video, with his lawyers present.