Trump derides Mueller's obstruction probe as a 'setup' and 'trap'

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Lawyer Emmet Flood, who advised President Bill Clinton in impeachment proceedings, will assist President Donald Trump with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, replacing Ty Cobb, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Wednesday.

A source who insisted on anonymity told the AP that the president's lawyers extrapolated the list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller's team about the topics prosecutors wanted to cover in a potential sit down with Trump.

Facing critical decisions in the Russian Federation investigation, President Donald Trump has hired Emmet Flood, a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process.

I have been arguing for months that the president should not agree to an interview with Mr. Mueller.

Mueller's office on Monday released dozens of questions that it would like Trump to answer, and USA media also reported Tuesday that Mueller has brought up the idea of subpoenaing Trump for an interview. "The lawyers, John Dowd and Ty Cobb, who were counseling a more conciliatory approach toward Mueller, they are now gone", York noted.

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday.

Neither Cobb nor Flood immediately responded to requests for comment.

If Mr. Trump were to answer "no" and Mr. Gates told the grand jury that Mr. Trump did know of this, Mr. Mueller could claim Mr. Trump lied and ask the same grand jury to indict Mr. Trump for that.

"And assuming that can be concluded favorably, there'll be an interview", he said.

In Caputo's closing statement obtained by the Washington Examiner, he said the panel's investigation "forced" his family out of their home and "crushed" his children due to mounting legal costs associated with the inquiry.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, whether anyone close to Trump colluded in it and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey. The Justice Department says that "dozens of members and staff from both parties" have viewed thousands of classified documents and House staff even have temporary office space in the department to review additional materials.

"I think everyone would like to avoid a constitutional crisis that could result if Trump refuses to comply with the subpoena and is held in contempt", said former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, now a University of MI law professor.

On Fox & Friends, Giuliani said the odds of an interview became longer after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the home and office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. He was also interviewed past year by the House Intelligence Committee.

"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.

Further, many legal observers believe that if Mueller issues a grand jury subpoena for Trump's testimony, the courts will order the President to comply, because the Supreme Court has repeatedly ordered presidents to comply with subpoenas.

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