Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will replace John Dowd as the president’s primary representative to special counsel Robert Mueller. Many other lawyers are involved with lawsuits by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and the investigation of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) won’t allow consideration of a proposal to prevent President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), objects, saying, “We ought to head off a constitutional crisis at the pass.”
Michael Cohen, the president’s personal attorney, is asking a federal judge on Friday to block federal agents from using documents seized this week relating to payments to two women who say they had affairs with Trump.
Stephen Bannon, who was ousted as White House chief strategist last summer but has remained in touch with President Trump’s circle, is pitching a plan to cripple the federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. There is no indication so far that the president agrees.
Lawmakers from both parties warn against dismissing special counsel Robert Mueller, but President Trump may do it anyway. The president is angry about FBI raids to obtain records from his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
The New York Times reports that John Dowd, a former lawyer for President Trump, discussed the idea of Trump’s pardoning Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort in the special counsel investigation. Dowd denies it.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz will look into Republican allegations that the Justice Department misled the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in the request to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
It is the first known instance of the special counsel’s demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president, the New York Times reports.
The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 19 Russians for alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election, including 13 indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller. The penalties include the first use of new powers that Congress passed last year to punish Moscow for election meddling.