Special counsel Robert Mueller told President Trump’s legal team that he could subpoena the president to appear before a grand jury if Trump refuses an interview with Mueller’s team, a suggestion with serious potential ramifications against the president, The Washington Post reported Tuesday night.
According to the report, Mueller raised the possibility with Trump’s lawyers in a March 5 meeting, prompting John Dowd to retort: “This isn’t some game. You are screwing with the work of the president of the United States.”
Dowd resigned as Trump’s lead lawyer weeks later amid a dispute over how to answer Mueller’s request for a presidential interview.
The Post report came one day after Fox News, The New York Times and other outlets obtained a list of questions that Trump’s legal team believers Mueller wishes to ask him. The Post reported that attorney Jay Sekulow compiled the list after Mueller’s team gave the president’s lawyers detailed information about what they wished to discuss.
The possible questions cover Trump’s interactions with key figures in the Russia saga — including former FBI Director James Comey, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
The queries also touch on Trump’s businesses and his discussions with his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, about a possible Moscow real estate deal. Cohen’s business dealings are part of a separate FBI investigation.
One question asks what discussions Trump may have had regarding “any meeting with Mr. Putin,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Another question asks what the president may have known about a possible attempt by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to set up a back channel with Russia before Trump’s inauguration.
On Tuesday morning, Trump said it was “disgraceful” that the list of potential questions had been leaked to the media.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.