by Daveda Gruber:

President Trump’s legal team has informed FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller that they want him to produce evidence that Trump has committed a crime before they agree for the president to be interviewed as part of Mueller’s Russia investigation.

The top lawyer on the president’s legal team, Rudy Giuliani, said that he is asking Mueller for a “factual basis for the investigation” before it will consider allowing Trump to be interviewed by Mueller’s team.

Trump and his team have become more and more frustrated with how long Mueller’s probe is taking to complete. Trump, in particular, has taken a more assertive position toward Mueller since the Department of Justice criticized the FBI’s actions in 2016 in regard to the Hillary Clinton email probe.

These new demands by Trump’s legal team suggest that it is probable to take a more aggressive and forceful stance toward Mueller going forward.

The new demands stated that Giuliani has acknowledged that Mueller is unlikely to agree to them. This left open the possibility that Trump may still agree to be interviewed. Trump has repeatedly said he is willing to sit down with Mueller.

The president’s lawyers expressly want Mueller to explain how the Justice Department gave him the authority to investigate possible obstruction of justice in what was initially a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. They also want him to show that that the special counsel has depleted every other investigative possibility before requesting an interview with the president.

This  new position from Trump’s legal team comes during some tweets from the president:

Trump has also sought to link Mueller with former FBI Director James Comey:

Giuliani said, “If they can come to us and show us the basis and that it’s legitimate and that they have uncovered something, we can go from there and assess their objectivity.”

Trump and his team have repeatedly pointed to FBI agent Peter Strzok. he was removed from the Mueller team after anti-Trump texts he sent to an FBI colleague were uncovered. Bias within the agency and Mueller’s team was apparent.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has said he is investigating whether Strzok’s bias may have influenced the launch of the Russia probe.

Giuliani has suggested the probe is “so tainted” by bias that it may need to be thrown out.

Giuliani said, “If in fact, this is infected with a bias of major proportions from the beginning by Strzok and it seems like it is, and he left behind some of his cohorts…if that’s the case then how can you trust anything they’re doing in this investigation?”

Trump’s legal team has also confronted a Mueller request to interview White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. They have tried to narrow the questions and find out what they want to ask. Kelly has not yet been questioned.

Pressure on Mueller to end the probe has also come from Congress. Republican lawmakers have also criticized the probe.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. told Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a House hearing last month, “Whatever you got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart.”

I’d go out on a limb and agree that this expensive probe must draw to an end.

I’m not sure how that will happen but President Trump has a great legal team.

 

I am the ‘chief editor’ at the ‘The Trump Times’. I adore journalism. Politics seems to be my preferred genre although I do not hesitate to write anything that strikes me as interesting. Researching and finding ‘Breaking News’ makes my blood rush. I’ve written seventeen books and over that including books in conglomeration with others, mostly for charity.
Doing graphic art design has always been fun for me. Sometimes I incorporate this talent into my articles or when a special ‘feature picture’ is required.

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I am the 'chief editor' at the 'The Trump Times'. I adore journalism. Politics seems to be my preferred genre although I do not hesitate to write anything that strikes me as interesting. Researching and finding 'Breaking News' makes my blood rush. I've written seventeen books and over that including books in conglomeration with others, mostly for charity. Doing graphic art design has always been fun for me. Sometimes I incorporate this talent into my articles or when a special 'feature picture' is required. You can find me tweeting on: https://twitter.com/DavedaGruber or posting on: https://www.facebook.com/daveda.gruber You can always find my articles on TheTrumpTimes.com

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