President Trump to "Get involved" in Russia investigation

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Whether that constitutes a violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, and more importantly whether it warrants congressional action, is a more complicated question. Flood might be willing to charge the president a pretty penny for litigating the subpoena, but as a respectable officer of the court, he would need to counsel Trump to comply with it if he loses appeals.

US President Donald Trump added a top impeachment attorney to his legal team Wednesday after the lead White House lawyer for the Russian Federation meddling investigation stepped down.

She also spoke briefly with a Russian lawyer and Russian-born lobbyist at a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that is a focus of Mueller's probe, and was on the same plane as her father when he strategized about how to respond to fallout from the meeting.

The act of a President testifying in legal investigations and cases is unusual but not without precedent. President Jimmy Carter also gave sworn testimony in three situations during his one term in office.

There's also the pattern of conflicts of interest and efforts to cash in on the presidency, and whatever other investigations are finding about his business activities before the presidency. "When the president takes the Fifth, everybody is going to think that he's guilty as sin".

Flood, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, has defended former Vice President Dick Cheney in a lawsuit brought by former Central Intelligence Agency official Valerie Plame and represented President George W. Bush in executive-privilege disputes with Congress - suggesting he is well-versed in the powers of the presidency and may invoke those authorities as the Mueller investigation moves forward.

"There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap)", the president tweeted Wednesday.

Trump conceivably could challenge a subpoena for his testimony. Fire the entire Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US attorneys of the Southern District of NY as well? But he has pushed for more frequent and aggressive claims of executive privilege.

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Impeachment is a political act and although the evidence to date would justify the extraordinary remedy of removing the president, it doesn't seem to demand it.

Two law professors, Lisa Kern Griffin of Duke University and Louis Seidman of Georgetown University, told the Washington Post on Monday that the law in this case probably would side with Mueller. Did he pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire Mueller?

A more practical lever would be to push for Rosenstein to recuse himself. Trump might try this, but it would only highlight the president's determination to obstruct justice.

An impeachment battle would be a titanic struggle between a capital that detests Trump and a vast slice of Middle America that voted to repudiate that capital's elite, trusts Trump, and will stand by him to the end. And President Trump could always cite the Fifth Amendment during testimony. If he has time to blow watching "Fox and Friends", tweeting and constantly golfing, he has time to be interviewed by Mueller or testify to a grand jury.

However, President would have the same rights as any other citizen in invoking its self-incrimination clause.

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

The Justice Department says that "dozens of members and staff from both parties" have viewed thousands of classified documents and House staff members have temporary office space in the department to review additional materials.

"Comey should be prosecuted for leaking confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation information", Mr. Giuliani concluded about the memos finding their way via a law professor to the New York Times.

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