WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation (all times local):
President Donald Trump’s legal team has provided documents to special counsel Robert Mueller summarizing their view on certain key matters being investigated.
That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who insisted on anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
The records were given as Trump’s lawyers negotiate with Mueller’s team about the scope and terms of any possible interview.
The person who spoke to the AP says the records were intended to summarize what the legal team believes the evidence shows about certain episodes. Among the events under investigation are the firings of former FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Washington Post, which first reported that documents had been provided, says they were furnished in an effort to curtail the scope of any interview.
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President Donald Trump is adding a new lawyer to his legal team in the Russia investigation.
Joseph diGenova, a former United States attorney for the District of Columbia, is scheduled to join the team later this week.
DiGenova has been outspoken in his defense of Trump. He has publicly discussed what he believes is a “brazen plot” to exonerate Hillary Clinton in the email investigation and to “frame” Trump with a “falsely created crime.”
DiGenova’s addition comes at a sensitive moment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, as Trump’s attorneys weigh whether Trump should submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller and under what terms.
DiGenova will work with Trump’s other lawyers in the Russia investigation, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow.
The White House is continuing to deny that President Donald Trump is looking to oust special counsel Robert Mueller.
Spokesman Hogan Gidley tells reporters aboard Air Force One that, “there are no conversations or discussions about removing” Mueller.
And he says Trump’s recent tweets criticizing Mueller’s team are part of his “well-established frustration for more than a year this has been going on.”
Trump this weekend lashed out at Mueller on Twitter for the first time by name. Some congressional Republicans feared that was a signal Trump might be considering firing Mueller. On Monday Trump called the probe “a total WITCH HUNT with massive conflicts of interest!”
Gidley says Trump “believes this is the biggest witch hunt in history.”
Trump cannot directly fire Mueller. Any dismissal would have to be carried out by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
The White House says President Donald Trump isn’t thinking or talking about firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
That’s the word from White House lawyer Ty Cobb in a statement late Sunday after a series of Trump tweets revived chatter that the frustrated president may be preparing to have Mueller fired.
Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s actions, including last year’s ouster of FBI Director James Comey, amount to obstruction of justice.
Trump believes the probe is biased against him, a point he made clear in weekend tweets that jabbed Mueller directly.
Cobb says: “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”