President Trump slams leaked questions in Russian Federation probe


"This isn't some game".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hired a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process as the White House shifted to a more aggressive approach to the Russian Federation investigation that has reached a critical stage. It's the latest shakeup for the legal team grappling with unresolved questions on how to protect the president from legal and political jeopardy.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he was considering using his executive power to "get involved" in a document dispute between the Department of Justice and congressional Republicans that's tied to federal investigations into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

In addition, on Monday The New York Times published a non-verbatim list - allegedly derived from the notes of one of those present - of 49 questions that Mueller provided to Trump's lawyers in March and said he wanted to ask the president under oath.

The Times obtained a list of questions it said Mueller's team read over the telephone to Trump's legal team, which compiled them into a list.

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

The leak was "so disgraceful", Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "It would seem very hard to obstruct justice for a crime that never happened!"

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It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller's prosecutors were about the move. A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

To name just a few: When and why did you decide to fire James Comey, the F.B.I. director, who was leading the Russian Federation investigation at the time?

In 1974, in United States v. Nixon, the Justices unanimously directed President Richard Nixon to comply with a criminal trial subpoena for the White House tapes. His lead personal lawyer, John Dowd, left in March.

One question asks whether there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon" ahead of his guilty plea past year.

The report came just one day after The New York Times said Mueller has a list of almost 50 questions for Trump aimed at trying to figure out if he obstructed justice.

Numerous questions obtained by the Times center on the obstruction issue, including his reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, a decision Trump has angrily criticized.

Additional questions center on Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his discussions on sanctions against Russia with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition. "I want to know who cost us so much money, who crushed our kids, who forced us out of our home, all because you lost an election", he added, concluding with, "I want to know because God Damn you to Hell". Another asks if there were any efforts to reach out to Flynn "about seeking immunity or possible pardon".