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THREAD: In an early March meeting w/Mueller, Trump’s lawyers insisted Trump had no obligation to talk w/#TrumpRussia🇷🇺investigators.🙄

So Mueller laid down the hammer & told them he could #subpoena Trump to appear before a grand jury‼️😎 1/…
John Dowd, then-Trump's lead lawyer whined to Mueller, "This isn’t some game. You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States.”🤨

Like what...GOLFING⁉️

As if Mueller would be threatened by such bunkum‼️🤣😂🤣 2/

After the #subpoena showdown on March 5, Team🇺🇸Mueller agreed to give Trump info on subjects that Mueller wished to discuss. Jay Sekulow compiled a list of 49 Qs that Trump's lawyers believed he would be asked. These Qs were published yesterday.👇🏼 3/

Trump’s new legal team is BOXED IN👉🏼balancing how to address Mueller's Qs (as if they have a choice!) w/the evidence of Trump's #obstruction that Mueller already has, while dealing w/Trump, who is increasingly opposed to an interview.🤔 4/
Unless Trump agrees to an interview (which is HIGHLY doubtful), the standoff could lead to a historic confrontation before SCOTUS over a presidential #subpoena‼️😎 5/

Rudy Giuliani, who acts as though Trump has a choice (he doesn't), says he is "considering conditions he might set" before deciding whether to recommend that Trump agree to an interview.🙄 6/
Giuliani: “Hopefully we’re getting near the end. We all on both sides have some important decisions to make. I still have a totally open mind on what the right strategy is, which we’ll develop in the next few weeks.”🤨

Answer: Trump is interviewed, or he faces a #subpoena‼️ 7/
Trump’s lawyers may provide Mueller w/written answers to the 16 specific subjects Mueller wants to review w/Trump.🤔

There is NO WAY Mueller settles for written answers. Mueller wants to interview Trump, b/c Trump will LIE, admit GUILT or plead the Fifth‼️😎 8/

🔥 A fmr senior counsel on Ken Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton said that Mueller's "list is a **two-day interview**. This isn’t a list of 49 questions. It’s 49 topics. Each of these topics results in dozens of questions." 9/
Trump fumed when he saw the breadth of Mueller's questions.🤣

Trump & his advisers now plan to point to the Qs as evidence that Mueller has "strayed beyond his mandate & is overreaching."🙄 10/
“Mueller is in Kenny Starr territory now,” said a Trump adviser.🤨

Remember that Starr SUBPOENAED Clinton to force him to sit for a videotaped interview, just like Mueller can #subpoena Trump to force an interview‼️😎 11/
Trump advisers are frustrated by Mueller's focus on whether Trump obstructed justice by trying to force Sessions to resign, so Trump could choose a replacement who was not recused from running the #TrumpRussia🇷🇺probe.

A successor AG likely would have to RECUSE‼️😎 12/
Trump is strongly opposed to granting Mueller an interview, fueled largely by his RAGE over the Michael Cohen raids.🤣

Per a confidant, Trump seems to “talk about it 20 times a day.” Others often stand silent, in person or on the phone, as Trump vents about the Cohen case‼️13/
Should Mueller #subpoena Trump to compel his testimony using a subpoena, a legal battle could ensue that could DELAY the investigation & force a showdown before SCOTUS‼️🤔 14/
Team🇷🇺Trump could argue that Mueller sought info about the Trump's private conversations that are protected by executive privilege or that a grand jury interview would place an "unnecessary burden" on Trump's ability to run the country.🙄 15/
This strategy is UNLIKELY to work, b/c judges have generally held that the president is NOT above the law & can be subjected to normal legal processes‼️🤗 16/

BUT the issue of a presidential #subpoena for testimony has NOT been tested in court.🤨

Starr subpoenaed Bill Clinton for grand jury testimony in 1998 but withdrew it after Clinton agreed to testify voluntarily before the grand jury via video.🤔 17/

Some legal experts believe that 2 DOJ opinions prohibit federal prosecutors from indicting a president, b/c the Constitution relies on Congress’ power to #impeach as the way to hold a president accountable for potentially criminal behavior.🤨

Not this #ComplicitGOP‼️🤬 18/
If DOJ doesn't believe that Trump can be indicted, then Trump’s lawyers could try to argue that Trump cannot be forced to testify under #subpoena, unless his testimony is necessary to indict someone else.🤔 19/
🔥Rosenzweig (fmr Starr investigator, now a senior fellow at a nonpartisan think tank) said judges generally like to accommodate a president, but “The opposite argument is that no man is above the law, and if it’s a lawful investigation, then he must respond."😎 20/

Trump is BOXED IN. At this point, his best options are to DELAY. If Mueller subpoenas him, then Trump can fight all the way to SCOTUS, in hopes that they will NOT uphold the #RuleOfLaw.🤔 21/
On the other hand, Mueller doesn't necessarily need Trump to testify, so he could proceed w/preparing a report on Trump's crimes for Congress and/or #indict Trump w/o an interview‼️😎 22/
In the battle of Trump vs Mueller + the **entire DOJ**, I love our chances‼️

Trump*clearly is BOXED IN, and Rudy Giuliani certainly won't be able to weasel Trump's way out.🤣

Trump, his spawn & the rest of Team🇷🇺Traitor are TOAST‼️


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