Trump Pushes Back against the Mueller Investigation

Led by their newest lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, the Trump team refuses to roll over for the Mueller Investigation.

The Mueller Investigation is being met by a more combative Trump team. Rudy Giuliani is suggesting that Donald Trump will refuse to give testimony. There is every reason for Donald Trump to get more aggressive with Mueller.

Donald trump needs to get “more aggressive” with his legal battle. He’s not only battling for himself, but he’s fighting for the country and all the people who voted for him.

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The Wall Street Journal reports, “Trump Team Takes a More Aggressive Stance on Mueller Probe.

President Donald Trump’s legal team is striking a more combative tone with Robert Mueller, suggesting publicly that the president may decline to cooperate with the special counsel’s prosecutors.

That tougher stance comes as the Mueller probe already faces a time crunch because of the approaching midterm elections.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who recently joined the president’s defense team, said Sunday he was reluctant to have Mr. Trump agree to an interview with the prosecutors or testify before a grand jury for fear that what he called a “trap” could lead the president to commit perjury under oath.

A decision to not comply with a grand jury subpoena likely would set off a legal battle that would be decided by the Supreme Court.

“We don’t have to,” Mr. Giuliani said about complying with a subpoena, speaking Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m gonna walk him into a prosecution for perjury, like Martha Stewart did?”

Mr. Giuliani also left open the possibility the president could invoke his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to testify.

Mr. Giuliani is one of several lawyers to join Mr. Trump’s team in recent weeks. With those attorneys still reviewing documents, no decision is imminent on whether to have the president sit for an interview with Mr. Mueller, said a person familiar with the legal team’s deliberations.

For Mr. Mueller, the clock is ticking. With six months until November’s midterm elections, the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign will soon run into a dead zone of sorts, in which former prosecutors say they expect Mr. Mueller either to wrap up or lie low and take no visible steps until after November.

Though Mr. Mueller doesn’t face any specific legal deadline, the fall midterms amount to a political one, according to experts and prosecutors. He will reach a point this summer when Justice Department habits dictate he would have to go dark so he doesn’t appear to be trying to sway voters’ decisions, which would be at odds with Justice Department guidelines for prosecutors.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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