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Trump hires lawyer who represented Clinton in impeachment

Trump hires lawyer who represented Clinton in impeachment

Special counsel Robert Mueller discussed issuing a subpoena for President Trump during a meeting in early March with Trump's lawyers, The Washington Post reported.

A person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, told The Associated Press that the Trump lawyers extrapolated a list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller's team.

"It'd be, max, two to three hours around a narrow set of questions", Giuliani, a former NY mayor who backed Trump in his presidential campaign said, according to the reporter's Twitter post.

The questions - at least four dozen in all - also show Mr Mueller wants to find out what Mr Trump knew about connections between members of his presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Giuliani and other Trump administration officials said they are negotiating an agreement that would avoid the prospect of a Mueller subpoena.

The probe has taken a new turn after the publication of questions Mr Mueller seeks to ask the President, which cover topics including potential obstruction.

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. Although Mueller's team has indicated to Trump's lawyers that he's not considered a target, investigators remain interested in whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice and want to interview him about several episodes in office.

The New York Times said the questions were read by the investigators to the President's lawyers, who compiled them into a list.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Cobb had been discussing the decision for weeks and would retire at the end of May, and that Flood would be joining the White House staff to "represent the president and the administration against the Russian Federation witch hunt".

"I think everybody would agree, regardless of their position, that it would ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court", said Ryan Goodman, law professor at New York University and editor-in-chief of the website Just Security.

During independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Bill Clinton related to Monica Lewinsky, prosecutors eventually subpoenaed the president for grand jury testimony.

Cobb and McGahn had different views on how cooperative the White House should be with the special counsel investigation. His lead personal lawyer, John Dowd, left in March. The lawyers have been trying to negotiate ways to narrow the scope of a possible interview, which Mueller requested at the end of past year.

Mueller has brought several charges against Manafort already, including money laundering and bank fraud.

Dowd's comments provide a new window into the interactions between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

But experts claim Mueller may be acutely aware that the president could become further enraged by the probe if Ivanka Trump is approached for questioning. None of the charges relates to allegations of Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates, and Manafort has denied having anything to do with such an effort.