Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump's lawyers arguing Mueller hasn't met bar for interview

Trump's lawyers arguing Mueller hasn't met bar for interview

There have been a number of bipartisan bills that would attempt to protect the special counsel from firing by the president and you said in December you haven't seen the need for legislation protecting Mueller.

Collins gave credence to the report that Trump wanted to fire Mueller, saying the president "talked with his counsel, who explained to an angry and frustrated president why it was a bad idea, and that was seven months ago".

Potentially tipping the scales in the opposite direction: what was in the president's mind and the context of his actions. Lindsey Graham warned that Donald Trump's presidency would be over if he fired Robert Mueller.

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The decision to possibly prosecute Mueller is apparently being bandied about amongst Trump and some of his closest friends.

Graham also appeared to brush aside the White House's dismissal of the investigation as politically motivated and the president's denial that he tried to fire Mueller a year ago, as was reported by The New York Times and subsequently confirmed by other news organizations. "We have elected the President, he has all this power".

Former Obama administration Justice Department lawyer Eric Columbus agreed.

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"It would not be corrupt, it would not be obstructing" in that context, the lawyer said.

Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who chairs the Judiciary Committee, has said he is open to considering the bills if the differences between them could be reconciled, and if supporters could address constitutional concerns that the bills would represent the legislative branch meddling in the affairs of the executive.

"It's a Rorschach test", Prakash said. He has cleared the room before trying to influence the investigation.

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If Trump were to decline a voluntary interview, the special counsel could issue a subpoena seeking the president's testimony.

Mueller appears to be wrapping up the obstruction part his probe, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Despite warnings from top officials at the agency, Trump reportedly told Attorney General through chief of staff that he wants to see the memo released, believing that it will shed light on the special counsel investigation.

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It also comes amid a flurry of news related to the various probes into the 2016 election and the president.

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