Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly threatened President Donald Trump’s lawyers earlier this year when they insisted that the president was not obligated to speak to federal investigators about Mueller’s Russia investigation. Mueller allegedly said he might issue a subpoena.
The alleged threat, which came in early March, happened during a fiery meeting between Trump’s legal counsel and the special counsel. The Washington Post reports:
But special counsel Robert S. Mueller III responded that he had another option if Trump declined: He could issue a subpoena for the president to appear before a grand jury, according to four people familiar with the encounter.
Mueller’s statement reportedly set off John Dowd, Trump’s lead lawyer at the time.
“This isn’t some game,” Dowd said, according to multiple people that The Post spoke to. “You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States.”
The contentious affair set in motion a few rough weeks for Trump’s legal team as they weighed different options on how to deal with Mueller’s request for an interview which ultimately led to Dowd resigning from Trump’s legal team.
Mueller’s team responded by compiling a list of over four dozen questions that they want to ask the president which were leaked to the press yesterday.
In an early morning tweet on Tuesday, Trump slammed the investigation as being a “Witch Hunt,” writing:
Two weeks ago, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team with the intent of helping bring Mueller’s investigation to a fast close.
“I’m going to join the legal team to try to bring this to a resolution,” Giuliani said. “I don’t know yet what’s outstanding. But I don’t think it’s going to take more than a week or two to get a resolution. I’m going to ask Mueller, ‘What do you need to wrap it up?’”