Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mr. Trump, don't help Robert Mueller destroy your presidency

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mr. Trump, don't help Robert Mueller destroy your presidency
Judge Andrew Napolitano: Mr. Trump, don't help Robert Mueller destroy your presidency
Author

03 May, 2018

At a meeting with Donald Trump's lawyers in March, special counsel Robert Mueller said he could issue a subpoena to call their client before a grand jury, a development that had stunned and anxious the USA president's legal team.

The combative tenor was apparent even in the official statement Wednesday from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirming that Flood would replace Cobb, which referred to Mueller's investigation as "the Russian Federation witch hunt". He'll be replaced by Emmet Flood a veteran Washington attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment.

Further, Trump has already told reporters that he would speak with the special counsel, even when the President's legal team initially claimed that an interview could happen under the right terms. The White House says Ty Cobb plans to retire at the end of this month.

Flood will soon work alongside a remade group of personal lawyers - including another hire expected in the coming weeks - as they devise a new strategy to deal with Mueller's team, according to White House advisers.

"This isn't some game", John Dowd, Trump's then lead lawyer for the Russian Federation probe, had said angrily, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the move.

After the March meeting, Mueller's team agreed to provide the president's lawyers with more specific information about the subjects they wished to ask Trump, the Post reported.

It was unclear what Trump meant by "get involved".

Those who predict that the confrontation with Mueller could be devastating - setting up a unsafe clash between the President's "truthiness" problem and the stringent requirements of the law - downplay how much of the investigation really depends on politics, not law.

"The investigators at the special counsel's office are following leads all the way to the end", Caputo told ABC News' Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas in an interview Wednesday.

Essien Urges Chelsea …To Keep Faith With Conte
Despite Chelsea reaching the FA Cup final, manager Antonio Conte is set for the sack this summer. Conte believes he deserves an England recall: 'In this moment he's deserving to play.

Waffle House slaying suspect arrested after massive manhunt
Reinking's former coworkers and employers in Colorado have said he shared similar sentiments with them as well. Reinking dropped off the device March 19 and picked it up the next day, Hartline said.

Prince William opens up about life as a dad of three
PIPPA MIDDLETON was spotted visiting the new royal baby yesterday as the world continued to wait to find out his name . In case you've been living under a rock, Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed their third child on Monday.

Even if Mueller's team made a decision to subpoena Trump as part of the investigation, the president could still fight it in court or refuse to answer questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination.

According to the sources, if Trump refuses to give a voluntary interview, prosecutors could issue a subpoena compelling testimony. "I don't see how he can have conducted a thorough investigation of the matters under his jurisdiction without speaking to Trump".

The president renewed his complaints on Wednesday in a post on Twitter that held open the possibility he might use "the powers granted to the presidency" and "get involved!"

Notably omitted, Caputo said, from Wednesday's questioning: "Nobody with the last name Trump came up".

As much as he complains about Mueller, the investigation has become a pillar of Trump's larger narrative on what's wrong with Washington, and the forces he is up against.

Cobb did not personally represent the president, but he was a critical adviser, coordinating dealings with Mueller, functioning as a point person for document and interview requests and working closely with Trump's personal lawyers. "No questions on Collusion", he said, "collusion that never existed". What are they afraid of?

"A Rigged System - They don't want to turn over Documents to Congress". Trump tweeted his frequent claim that the charge of collusion is a "hoax" but added something new: He said the probe for obstruction is a "setup & trap". Why so much redacting? "A president who actually cares about the institution of the presidency, I think, would voluntarily cooperate because he would recognize that the fight in court is going to generate precedent that could be potentially adverse to future presidents down the line", said Katyal. "He loses. He'll have to testify", Sol Wisenberg, a Washington defense attorney who was deputy independent counsel in the Starr investigation, told me, pointing to the case law. "Why such unequal 'justice?'"

Both in USA v. Nixon (telling Richard Nixon to turn over the tapes pursuant to a subpoena) and in the Paula Jones case (rejecting the argument that participation in a civil matter including a deposition "may impose an unacceptable burden on the President's time and energy, and thereby impair the effective performance of his office") the court held that the president is not beyond the reach of the normal discovery process in either criminal or civil matters.


More news


  • Dominant Davis wills Pelicans into 2nd round of playoffs

    Dominant Davis wills Pelicans into 2nd round of playoffs

    For his part Davis said he was trying to build a legacy in New Orleans , and he said he would so glad to see the crowd into it. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 27, Damian Lillard added 18 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 18 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out.
    Senate panel narrowly endorses Pompeo for secretary of state after Trump intervenes

    Senate panel narrowly endorses Pompeo for secretary of state after Trump intervenes

    Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, intends to move the full chamber to begin debate on Mr. House of Representatives that would have allowed states to refuse to recognize the marriages of gays and lesbians.
    Russell Westbrook Suspended? NBA Reviewing Thunder-Jazz Altercation Before Game 5

    Russell Westbrook Suspended? NBA Reviewing Thunder-Jazz Altercation Before Game 5

    We know that it's going to be another war next game and we just need to be tough but at the same time mentally ready for that. Ingles started the game missing his first four three-point attempts but ended burying five in his 20-point haul.
  • New Ant-Man and The Wasp Trailer Introduces The Quantum Realm!

    New Ant-Man and The Wasp Trailer Introduces The Quantum Realm!

    Kevin Feige produces with Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Charles Newirth, and Stan Lee executive producing. To answer fans' questions, the billion dollar studio released a teaser trailer for the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp film.
    New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors 4/28/18, Prediction & Odds

    New Orleans Pelicans vs. Golden State Warriors 4/28/18, Prediction & Odds

    While some of that can be chalked up to bad bounces or San Antonio's defense, the fact of the matter is the shots didn't go down. There were bright spots for the Pels, but none bright enough to avoid being eclipsed by the sheer force of the Warriors attack.
    GOP Debbie Lesko won CD 8 Special Election, per AP

    GOP Debbie Lesko won CD 8 Special Election, per AP

    Trump made a last-minute appeal on Tuesday, urging voters to support Lesko, who he was "Strong on Border, Immigration and Crime". Add Republican Party as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Republican Party news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
  • Another Major Attack in Syria

    Another Major Attack in Syria

    Israel has not confirmed responsibility for the attack but Russian Federation and Damascus have held Tel Aviv responsible. Also, on April 28, the Syrian army is reported to have liberated areas in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants.
    Barcelona have been far superior in La Liga, says Lionel Messi

    Barcelona have been far superior in La Liga, says Lionel Messi

    "Very happy, winning this league brings great joy", Messi said, as quoted by Marca . Iniesta and Messi each have won nine Spanish league titles.
    Arsenal manager Wenger hopes for peaceful exit against Jose Mourinho

    Arsenal manager Wenger hopes for peaceful exit against Jose Mourinho

    It will be interesting to see what goes on on the sidelines between Wenger and Mourinho, as the pair have never seen eye to eye. Wenger will stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season after nearly 22 years in charge of the north London outfit.
  • Japan rollercoaster stalls with riders hanging 100ft above ground

    Japan rollercoaster stalls with riders hanging 100ft above ground

    The amusement park said the two carriages - each with 32 passengers - stalled midway through the 1,100m ride at around 4.45pm. Riding a roller coaster can be exhilarating, but a few thrillseekers in Japan got more excitement than they bargained for.
    Apple ploughs US tax cuts into record share buybacks

    Apple ploughs US tax cuts into record share buybacks

    Reports of the iPhone X's demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated, according to Apple's earnings report Tuesday. The recent financial results of Apple has shown that Apple iPhone X is doing an outstanding business in the market.
    Knife attacker kills 7 school children, injures 12 in northern China

    Knife attacker kills 7 school children, injures 12 in northern China

    His alleged rampage is just the latest on a long line of knife attacks in China , with the most recent one happening in February. Male born in 1990 on April 20 this year in Shaanxi province attacked the children when they returned home after the school day.