WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – President Donald Trump and his legal team appear to be on collision course with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team who are conduction an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Just a day after President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Mueller in a New York Times interview, he lost two members of his legal team.
Personal attorney Mark Kasowitz, who represent Trump in all matters concerning the Russia investigation, is out. He’s being replaced by attorney Ty Cobb who recently joined the team. Also out is Kasowitz’s spokesman Mark Carallo, he resigned.
The shake up comes as Mueller’s Russia investigation is expanding to the President’s personal and family finances. The President said in his interview with the New York Times that veering into his finances was a red line Mueller shouldn’t cross.
The President’s lawyers have signaled that Mueller is over reaching.
But Mueller’s team has a broad legal mandate to cover “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” including decades of Trump family business dealings with Russia.
Trump has denied any financial dealings with Russia.
“You know, I sell a lot of condo units, and somebody from Russia buys a condo, who knows? I don’t make money from Russia, I don’t. It’s not my thing. I don’t, I don’t do that,” he said in his interview with the Times. “Over the years, I’ve looked at maybe doing a deal in Russia, but I never did one.”
Lawmakers have warned the president to stay out of Mueller’s way.
“There’s a real hunger on the part of many members of both parties to have this resolved appropriately. And if the president steps in and cutting it off by firing Bob Mueller, I think he’ll pay a very heavy price here in Congress,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.
The Washington Post is reporting President Donald Trump has asked his legal team to explore his power to pardon people, even himself.
Several members of the president’s family and top advisers could face legal problems related to possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller asks White House to save documents relating to June 2016 meeting that included Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer.
Donald Trump Junior, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort have all been asked to testify next week for Senate investigators looking into Russian meddling.