Pressed by reporters, Sanders snapped that Comey was sacked, "for lying, leaking and politicizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation", before adding, "The president has repeatedly been proven to be exactly right in his decision to fire James Comey". Did he craft a cover story about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the intent to deceive the public and prosecutors?
After the latest bombshell in the Russian Federation investigation, Trump is loudly threatening to use his "powers" to interfere with the Justice Department.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said in an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey past year because Comey would not state "that he wasn't a target" of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.
The latest addition to special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors contributed to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, according to federal campaign records.
The Kremlin has denied assertions by USA intelligence agencies that it meddled in the election.
Giuliani's comments to the Post suggest that Trump's legal team hopes to limit the scope of the questions and the duration as conditions of the potential interview.
Trump's power with the base makes running afoul of him a very dicey proposition - so much so that Republicans rarely even try anymore.
Intimidation has suited Trump well, in general.
That is unlikely to satisfy Mueller, especially if the list of questions drawn up by Trump's legal team and published in The New York Times represents an accurate picture of what he wants to ask.
But Thursday morning the president tweeted about the payment, saying it came from a monthly retainer and that campaign money was not used.
As well, both types of questions are mere starting points - meant to lull Trump into a comfortable but false sense of security - which would then be followed with curveballs he would have great difficulty trying to hit. He denied they had an affair. Cohen said he wouldn't give evidence in that proceeding because he also is dealing with a federal criminal investigation into his business practices in NY and battling prosecutors over evidence in that case.
The investigation of Cohen is an offshoot of Mueller's probe. Questions such as "When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?" and "What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?" are created to probe Trump's awareness of the dozens of interactions between members of the Trump team and Russians during the campaign and transition.
"If he goes into the grand jury most of that is discretionary to the prosecutors and he will not have counsel with him - which is a very risky thing for the president", said Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School.
The group said Trump was legally required to disclose any liability in excess of $10,000. Little noticed in that interview he gave to Fox's Brett Baier was his recounting of a triple dinner date with John Brennan and Jim Clapper and their spouses, at which he said they never discussed the Trump controversies. I say "so-called" because "collusion" is a media and a political word; it does not describe anything in the law.
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