Mueller offers to limit investigators' questions for interview with Trump

Charlene Craig
August 3, 2018

The letter from the special counsel's office suggested that investigators would reduce by almost half the number of questions they would ask about potential obstruction of justice, according to two people briefed on the negotiations.

Earlier this summer, Parscale tweeted that Trump should fire Sessions in order to bring the Mueller probe to an end. "People in New Mexico and across the country are exhausted of ultra-rich and powerful people like Donald Trump trying to abuse their power to protect themselves", he wrote on Twitter.

Sessions, an early Trump backer, recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March 2017 as controversy grew over his conversations during the presidential campaign with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. "But the mere tweet itself I don't take the view that it's obstruction".

A Justice Department spokesperson had no comment on the tweet when reached by Fox News. In his email, Goldstone said that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" offered to provide the information on Clinton to the Trump campaign in a meeting with Aras Agalarov. Mueller is a Republican who was appointed as Federal Bureau of Investigation director by President George W. Bush, and the man who tapped him as special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was named by Trump and is also a registered Republican. "And by the way, order or not, it's still solid evidence of obstruction". They have been prepared to tell Mr. Mueller's office there will be no interview, risking a court fight over a subpoena that could drag into November's midterm elections, but Mr. Trump pushed them to continue negotiating.

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Rodgers was among several lawyers who said there is no reason a tweet could not be considered evidence - taking issue with comments from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani that scoffed at the idea of "obstruction by tweet".

Mr Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade on Wednesday as he sought to defend himself and Mr Manafort, and criticised a probe into whether his campaign team worked with Russian Federation to try and sway the result of the election two years ago.

"We continue to see a pervasive messaging campaign from Russian Federation to try to weaken and divide the United States", said Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence.

It was one of his most direct calls to kill the probe into his own campaign, and Democratic leaders, including Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), condemned it as an "attempt to obstruct justice hiding in plain sight".

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Trump Jr. has since downplayed the meeting, suggesting that it was primarily about Russian-American adoptions under the Magnitsky Act.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is eyeing Russian singer Emin Agalarov as part of his probe concerning Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 USA election.

Speaking to Democracy Now on July 30, MIT emeritus professor Noam Chomsky referred to the media's obsession with Russian collusion as "marginalia".

The former special agent, Asha Rangappa, said on CNN that Trump is "clearly feeling some heat", possibly out of fear about what might come out at this week's trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

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Trump's protestations aside, Manafort worked on the campaign during a critical six-month period in 2016, during which he led the effort to ensure Trump won the Republican nomination. "I don't think there's any reasonable view of this tweet that could be construed that way".

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