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Mueller raised possibility of Trump subpoena in Russia probe, lawyer says

© AFP file photo | US President Donald Trump has described the Russia probe, led by former FBI director Robert Mueller (right), as a "witch hunt".

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-05-02

Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned he could issue a subpoena for Donald Trump to appear before a grand jury as part of a probe into alleged Russian election meddling, a former lawyer for the president said Tuesday, confirming US media reports.

John Dowd told Reuters that Mueller mentioned the possibility of a subpoena at a meeting in early March. Mueller's subpoena warning was first reported by the Washington Post, which cited four people familiar with the encounter.

"This isn't some game. You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States," Dowd said he told the investigators, who are probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Dowd left the president's legal team about two weeks after the meeting.

The Post said Mueller had raised the possibility of a subpoena after Trump's lawyers said the president had no obligation to talk with federal investigators involved in the probe.

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.

With that information, Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow compiled a list of 49 questions the president's legal team believed he would be asked, according to the Post.

That list, first reported by the New York Times on Monday, includes questions on Trump's ties to Russia and others to determine whether the president may have unlawfully tried to obstruct the investigation.

"We do not discuss conversations we have had or may have had with the Office of Special Counsel," Sekulow told Reuters on Tuesday evening.

Trump criticized the leak of the questions.

"So disgraceful that the questions concerning the Russian Witch Hunt were 'leaked' to the media. No questions on Collusion," Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"

Russia has denied interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, as US intelligence agencies allege, and Trump has denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Moscow.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2018-05-02

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