Trump Facing Renewed Pressure To Sit For Mueller Interview After Kim Summit

Now that President Donald Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has come and gone, his legal team's focus is shifting back toward Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And as Bloomberg reports, Mueller - who is pushing to wrap up the investigation as quickly as possible - is mounting one last push to convince Trump and his legal team to voluntarily sit for an interview. While Mueller has suffered the slings and arrows of Trump's wrath - Trump's allies have hurled vitriol at the special counsel on both twitter and cable news - his determination to interview the president remains unshaken.

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So, now the two sides must either find common ground - or gear up for a legal battle that would likely need to be resolved by the Supreme Court.


Now, Mueller is intent on quickly resolving a central issue with Trump’s legal team: whether the president will sit voluntarily for an interview in the probe of Russian election meddling, according to current and former U.S. officials. After months of negotiations, the two sides must find common ground or gear up for an unprecedented legal fight likely to go all the way to the Supreme Court.

"It’s a little bit of a game," said Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor who’s now a partner with law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. "Mueller could subpoena the president but probably doesn’t want to. He faces some litigation risk. Trump could fight the subpoena, but he also faces a political risk."


During their push to turn public opinion against Mueller, Trump's lawyers, led by Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani, have engaged in selective leaking, including back in early May when they leaked a list of 49 questions purportedly turned. As one lawyer who spoke with Bloomberg pointed out, the ongoing negotiations have turned into "a bit of a game." Others have claimed that the leak was intended to pressure Mueller into killing the interview (of course, we all know how that turned out).


"It’s a little bit of a game," said Harry Sandick, a former federal prosecutor who’s now a partner with law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. "Mueller could subpoena the president but probably doesn’t want to. He faces some litigation risk. Trump could fight the subpoena, but he also faces a political risk."

The interview is key to Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump or any of his associates helped Russia interfere in the 2016 U.S. election and whether Trump acted to obstruct the probe, one official said.



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