Trump legal team gives document to Mueller

Lawrence Kim
March 20, 2018

Later Sunday, Trump's personal lawyer Ty Cobb tried to calm speculation that Mueller's firing was imminent. "90 days to go?!"

Trump can not directly fire Mueller.

GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham on CNN's "State of the Union" said that if Trump fired Mueller, "that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency because we are a rule-of-law nation". We await the day when the special counsel starts requesting Trump papers from second grade, searching for the elusive strawberries that will justify this meandering investigation.

All those charges, and none alleging that any of these men, some of them at the highest levels of the Trump campaign, took part in any collusion, or coordination, or conspiracy between the campaign and Russian Federation.

For that to happen, some clear illegality by Trump would have to be proved.

So it's reasonable to assume that diGenova's appointment represents Trump's frustration with his legal team and his limited options, following a weekend of conflicting statements from its members on the issue of Mueller's continued employment.

Mueller's team sent the questions as a preliminary step in negotiations for an interview with the President, and the special counsel's office would ask Trump questions in the interview, according to the New York Times. Trump was interested in speaking with Mueller's team if the probe would end soon, as his lawyers had long promised, another source said.

A source familiar with the talks said more recent discussions about Trump's interview also touched on Sessions and Flynn.

"Yeah, I mean, sure bro, you're the president". Mueller is a Republican.

Trump's tweet was among a series of posts over the weekend slamming Mueller and his investigation, former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Mueller's team added granularity to the topics it originally discussed with the defense team months ago, like the firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to one of the sources.

McCabe alleged that the action was an attempt to slander him and undermine the ongoing special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign.

"There may be something much worse out there, in which case this is not a stupid strategy at all".

The attempt at burying the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe as a Friday evening news dump of course does not work in this era of 24/7 news cycles, but it did mean that late night hosts had to wait until Monday to crack jokes about what somehow managed to be the biggest current story in a Trump administration swirling with major stories at the moment.

Tapper explained Trump is "signaling" an "even more aggressive" response in his defense against the Russian Federation investigation, "hiring a lawyer this afternoon who is openly claiming that the FBI and justice department are trying to frame the president".

Like new top economic adviser Larry Kudlow, diGenova is a talented performer on television. Recently, diGenova likely attracted presidential attention by appearing on Fox News to declare that the president was being framed.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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