Republican lawmakers must decide: Can Trump snub a subpoena?

According to a report by The Washington Post, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is heading the independent Russian Federation probe, told Trump's legal team that he might subpoena the President to testify if he refused to cooperate with the investigation into cooperation between his 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were "leaked" to the media". 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.

Dowd said Mueller's team broached the subject during a meeting with Trump's legal team while they were negotiating the terms of the possible interview with the president.

But other members of the legal team share Trump's view that they should take a more confrontational approach with the special counsel, including lawyer Jay Sekulow, who has urged the group to consider the pros and cons of fighting a subpoena, according to people familiar with his advice. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller has already threatened a more severe alternative: a subpoena for Trump to testify in front of a grand jury, without the lawyers. Cohen said he wouldn't give evidence in that proceeding because he also is dealing with a federal criminal investigation into his business practices in NY and battling prosecutors over evidence in that case. On Tuesday, the special counsel's office and Flynn, a key cooperator, agreed to put off setting his sentencing date for another 60 days, saying the delay was necessary "due to the status" of the investigation.

Trump is again threatening to follow the destructive path of Richard Nixon as he struggles with the reality that he has two terrible options on the table: Either answer Mueller's questions or assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. If Trump defies a subpoena and/or fires Mueller, the matter could end up in the US Supreme Court.

"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".

- Does Trump have to speak to investigators?

The two sides are battling to shape the public discussion about the president's legal dilemma and grab the attention of the principal himself.

If Trump agrees to an interview, the topics that could require security clearance for the president's lawyers include a meeting he had with Russian officials the day after the president fired FBI Director James Comey.

Trump slammed the "leaked" questions on Tuesday and claimed vindication, falsely, that there were no queries about collusion. He was also interviewed past year by the House Intelligence Committee.

"This signals a new phase", said one senior Trump adviser who was granted anonymity to describe private conversations. That's the idea that his presidential campaign collaborated with Russians who were trying to help him to the Oval Office.

McCarthy said there is damage to the presidency from Mueller hunting down sinister motives by Trump.

But that, many legal experts have said, is a misunderstanding of the law, as people can be charged by prosecutors with obstruction of justice even if no underlying crime is proven. Trump's allies in Congress, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, say they've received assurances from the White House that Mueller's dismissal is not in the offing.

"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress".

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

Trump lashed out against the investigation in familiar fashion Wednesday, tweeting: "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)". "At that point, I think it could get really ugly".

The latest target by Trump and his supporters, however, isn't Mueller, but the man to whom he reports: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "Why such unequal 'justice?'" in the same tweet.

"You'd have to go through hoops at the Justice Department for permission to serve (a subpoena to), say, a journalist", he explained in an interview with WND and Radio America.

  • Tracy Klein