Attorney: Mueller team floated Trump subpoena
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team raised the prospect of issuing a grand jury subpoena to compel President Donald Trump to testify as part of the Russia probe, the president’s former attorney said Tuesday.
Attorney John Dowd said Mueller’s team broached the subject in March during a meeting with Trump’s legal team while they were negotiating terms of a possible interview with Trump.
The meeting marked the first time the special counsel’s office raised the possibility of compelling Trump to testify as part of the ongoing investigation. Mueller is probing not only Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates but possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
Dowd’s comments come more than a month after he resigned from the team, and they provide a new window into the nature of the Trump legal team’s interactions with the special counsel, who the president increasingly has tried to undermine through public attacks.
Tuesday, Trump said it was “disgraceful” that a list of proposed questions drafted in response to Mueller’s negotiations with the legal team was “leaked” to the news media.
The New York Times late Monday published around four dozen questions compiled by Trump’s lawyers during negotiations with Mueller’s investigators earlier this year over the prospect of a presidential interview. Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, whether Trump’s campaign was involved and if the president obstructed justice after the campaign.
The Times report said Trump’s lawyers compiled questions into a list and that document was “provided to The Times by a person outside Mr. Trump’s legal team.”
The questions range from Trump’s motivations for firing FBI Director James Comey a year ago to contacts Trump’s campaign had with Russians.