The Special Counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has reportedly floated the idea of issuing a subpoena for U.S. President Donald Trump to appear before a grand jury.
This comes as the White House discusses whether the president will agree to an interview, with Trump saying he’s the victim of a witch hunt.
CGTN’s Roee Ruttenberg has more.
Donald Trump started the day Wednesday as he does many days – Tweeting.
There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2018
This, after the New York Times revealed 49 questions a Trump attorney believed the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller and his team, would like answered by the president. And Mueller reportedly suggested he could subpoena Trump if necessary. Trump’s lawyers met with prosecutors in early March.
Several of the questions focused on people who were fired by Trump, including James Comey, the former FBI director.
Comey claims the president directly asked him for his loyalty at least once, and suggested it on other occasions. Namely, in asking him to drop an investigation against Michael Flynn – Trump’s short-lived National Security Adviser – who reportedly met with Russian officials several times. Trump denies making such requests.
“The questions are an intrusion into the President’s Article 2 powers under the Constitution to fire any Executive Branch Employee,” Trump wrote. “What the President was thinking is an outrageous…..as to the President’s unfettered power to fire anyone…” Joe Digenova, former US Attorney”
At about 9:30 on Wednesday, Trump tweeted again, quoting a former US attorney who says such questions are an intrusion into the Constitutional powers of the president to fire anyone.
Meanwhile, another Trump lawyer is on his way out. The White House says Ty Cobb plans to retire at the end of this month. He’ll be replaced by Emmet Flood a veteran Washington attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment.
It’s unclear if Trump will actually be subpoenaed. And if he is, the White House could fight it all the way to the Supreme Court. Still, analysts suggest the Trump team may be trying to publicly undermine the Special Counsel and his investigation, even before its conclusion.