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    She and Spicer earn the same salary.

    Advisers Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon, along with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer, are among the White House employees receiving the top salary of $179,700. Omarosa Manigault, whose title is listed as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, is also one of the 21 Trump aides pulling down that top salary.

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    Wow. WTF is the Office of Public Liaison? Why does it need a communications director? They all need to go. Now.

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    Apparently he's trying to find out if he can pardon himself.
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    Source: Washington Post
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    Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation

    President Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon people in connection to the Russia probe, according to people familiar with the effort. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post)

    By Carol D. Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger July 20 at 9:58 PM

    Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.
    Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.
    Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

    “This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’ ” a close adviser said.

    President Trump suggested the special prosecutor's team might not be fair, impartial investigators because of previous political contributions, legal clients and personal friends. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post)

    With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.

    A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.

    The president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances, advisers said.
    Trump has been fuming about the probe in recent weeks as he has been informed about the legal questions that he and his family could face. His primary frustration centers on why allegations that his campaign coordinated with Russia should spread into scrutinizing many years of Trump dealmaking. He has told aides he was especially disturbed after learning Mueller would be able to access several years of his tax returns.
    Trump has repeatedly refused to make his tax returns public after first claiming he could not do so because he was under audit or after promising to release them after an IRS audit was completed. All presidents since Jimmy Carter have released their tax returns.
    Further adding to the challenges facing Trump’s outside lawyers, the team’s spokesman, Mark Corallo, resigned on Thursday, according to two people familiar with his departure. Corallo did not respond to immediate requests for comment.
    “If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.

    Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort are scheduled to appear before Senate committees next week. Here’s what’s at stake for them. (Video: Bastien Inzaurralde/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

    Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, said in an interview Thursday that the president and his legal team are intent on making sure Mueller stays within the boundaries of his assignment as special counsel. He said they will complain directly to Mueller if necessary.
    “The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel’s office and any changes in the scope of the investigation,” Sekulow said. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate. If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.”
    Sekulow cited Bloomberg News reports that Mueller is scrutinizing some of Trump’s business dealings, including with a Russian oligarch who purchased a Palm Beach mansion from Trump for $95 million in 2008.
    “They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” Sekulow said. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”

    The president has long called the FBI investigation into his campaign’s possible coordination with the Russians a “witch hunt.” But now, Trump is coming face-to-face with a powerful investigative team that is able to study evidence of any crime it encounters in the probe — including tax fraud, lying to federal agents and interference in the investigation.
    “This is Ken Starr times 1,000,” said one lawyer involved in the case, referring to the independent counsel who oversaw an investigation that eventually led to House impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton. “Of course, it’s going to go into his finances.”
    Following Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey — in part because of his displeasure with the FBI’s Russia investigation — Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel in a written order. That order gave Mueller broad authority to investigate links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and any crimes committed in response to the investigation, such as perjury or obstruction of justice.

    Mueller’s probe has already expanded to include an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice in his dealings with Comey, as well as the business activities of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
    Trump’s team could potentially challenge whether a broad probe of Trump’s finances prior to his candidacy could be considered a matter that arose “directly” from an inquiry into possible collusion with a foreign government.
    The president’s legal representatives have also identified what they allege are several conflicts of interest facing Mueller, such as donations to Democrats by some of his prosecutors.
    Another potential conflict claim is an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011, two White House advisers said. A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, left the club.

    Trump also took public aim on Wednesday at Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein, whose actions led to Mueller’s appointment. In an interview with the New York Times Wednesday, the president said he never would have nominated Sessions if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the case.
    Some Republicans in frequent touch with the White House said they viewed the president’s decision to publicly air his disappointment with Sessions as a warning sign that the attorney general’s days were numbered. Several senior aides were described as “stunned” when Sessions announced Thursday morning he would stay on at the Justice Department.

    Another Republican in touch with the administration described the public steps as part of a broader effort aimed at “laying the groundwork to fire” Mueller.
    “Who attacks their entire Justice Department?” this person said. “It’s insane.”
    Law enforcement officials described Sessions as increasingly distant from the White House and the FBI because of the strains of the Russia investigation.
    Traditionally, Justice Department leaders have sought to maintain a certain degree of autonomy from the White House as a means of ensuring prosecutorial independence.

    But Sessions’s situation is more unusual, law enforcement officials said, because he has angered the president for apparently being too independent while also angering many at the FBI for his role in the president’s firing of Comey.
    As a result, there is far less communication among those three key parts of the government than in years past, several officials said.
    Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team are purely theoretical, according to two people familiar with the ongoing conversations. But if Trump pardoned himself in the face of the ongoing Mueller investigation, it would set off a legal and political firestorm, first around the question of whether a president can use the constitutional pardon power in that way.
    “This is a fiercely debated but unresolved legal question,” said Brian C. Kalt, a constitutional law expert at Michigan State University who has written extensively on the question.

    The power to pardon is granted to the president in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, which gives the commander in chief the power to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” That means pardon authority extends to federal criminal prosecution but not to state level or impeachment inquiries.
    No president has sought to pardon himself, so no courts have reviewed it. Although Kalt says the weight of the law argues against a president pardoning himself, he says the question is open and predicts such an action would move through the courts all the way to the Supreme Court.
    “There is no predicting what would happen,” said Kalt, author of the book, “Constitutional Cliffhangers: A Legal Guide for Presidents and Their Enemies.” It includes chapters on the ongoing debate over whether presidents can be prosecuted while in office and on whether a president can issue a pardon to himself.

    Other White House advisers have tried to temper Trump, urging him to simply cooperate with the probe and stay silent on his feelings about the investigation.
    On Monday, lawyer Ty Cobb, newly brought into the White House to handle responses to the Russian probe, convened a meeting with the president and his team of lawyers, according to two people briefed on the meeting. Cobb, who is not yet on the White House payroll, was described as attempting to instill some discipline in how the White House handles queries about the case. But Trump surprised many of his aides by speaking at length about the probe to the New York Times two days later. Cobb, who officially joins the White House team at the end of the month, declined to comment for this article.
    Some note that the Constitution does not explicitly prohibit a president from pardoning himself. On the other side, experts say that by definition a pardon is something you can only give to someone else. There is also a common-law canon that prohibits individuals from serving as a judge in their own case. “For example, we would not allow a judge to preside over his or her own trial,” Kalt said.

    A president can pardon an individual at any point, including before the person is charged with a crime, and the scope of a presidential pardon can be very broad. President Gerald Ford pardoned former president Richard M. Nixon preemptively for offenses he “committed or may have committed” while in office.

    Source: NY Times

    Trump Aides, Seeking Leverage, Investigate Mueller’s Investigators


    Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel leading the Russia investigation, in Washington in June. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.

    The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators’ past clients and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel’s investigation.

    The effort to investigate the investigators is another sign of a looming showdown between Mr. Trump and Mr. Mueller, who has assembled a team of high-powered prosecutors and agents to examine whether any of Mr. Trump’s advisers aided Russia’s campaign to disrupt last year’s presidential election.
    Some of the investigators have vast experience prosecuting financial malfeasance, and the prospect that Mr. Mueller’s inquiry could evolve into an expansive examination of Mr. Trump’s financial history has stoked fears among the president’s aides. Both Mr. Trump and his aides have said publicly they are watching closely to ensure Mr. Mueller’s investigation remains narrowly focused on last year’s election.

    During an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said he was aware that members of Mr. Mueller’s team had potential conflicts of interest and would make the information available “at some point.”

    Mr. Trump also said Mr. Mueller would be going outside his mandate if he begins investigating matters unrelated to Russia, like the president’s personal finances. Mr. Trump repeatedly declined to say what he might do if Mr. Mueller appeared to exceed that mandate. But his comments to The Times represented a clear message to Mr. Mueller.
    “The president’s making clear that the special counsel should not move outside the scope of the investigation,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, said during a news briefing on Thursday.
    Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for the special counsel, declined to comment.

    For weeks, Republicans have publicly identified what they see as potential conflicts among Mr. Mueller’s team of more than a dozen investigators. In particular, they have cited thousands of dollars of political donations to Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, made by Andrew Weissmann, a former senior Justice Department official who has expertise in fraud and other financial crimes. News reports have revealed similar donations by other members of Mr. Mueller’s team, which Mr. Trump’s allies have cited as evidence of political bias. Another lawyer Mr. Mueller has hired, Jeannie Rhee, represented the Clinton Foundation.

    To seek a recusal, Mr. Trump’s lawyers can argue their case to Mr. Mueller or his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. The Justice Department has explicit rules about what constitutes a conflict of interest. Prosecutors may not participate in investigations if they have “a personal or political relationship” with the subject of the case. Making campaign donations is not included on the list of things that would create a “political relationship.”
    The examination of Mr. Mueller’s investigators reflects deep concerns among the president’s aides that Mr. Mueller will mount a wide-ranging investigation in the mold of the inquiry conducted by the independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr during the 1990s. Mr. Starr’s investigation into President Bill Clinton began by reviewing an Arkansas land deal and concluded several years later with the president’s impeachment over a lie about a sexual affair.
    By building files on Mr. Mueller’s team, the Trump administration is following in the footsteps of the Clinton White House, which openly challenged Mr. Starr and criticized what Mr. Clinton’s aides saw as a political witch hunt.

    John Dowd in 2011. Mr. Dowd, a veteran Washington defense lawyer, will now take the lead representing President Trump. Credit Brendan McDermid/Reuters Mr. Trump’s advisers are split on how far to go in challenging the independence of Mr. Mueller, a retired F.B.I. director and one of the most respected figures in law enforcement. Some advisers have warned that dismissing Mr. Mueller would create a legal and political mess.
    Nevertheless, Mr. Trump has kept up the attacks on him. In his interview with The Times, which caught members of his legal team by surprise, he focused on the fact that Mr. Mueller had interviewed to replace Mr. Comey as the F.B.I. director just a day before Mr. Mueller was appointed special prosecutor, saying that the interview could create a conflict.

    “He was sitting in that chair,” Mr. Trump said during the Oval Office interview. “He was up here, and he wanted the job.” Mr. Trump did not explain how the interview created a conflict of interest.

    In addition to investigating possible collusion between Russia and Mr. Trump’s advisers, the special counsel is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey. Some of Mr. Trump’s supporters have portrayed Mr. Mueller and Mr. Comey as close friends. While they worked closely together in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush and are known to respect each other, associates of both men say the two are not particularly close.
    Mr. Mueller’s team has begun examining financial records, and has requested documents from the Internal Revenue Service related to Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul J. Manafort, according to a senior American official. The records are from a criminal tax investigation that had been opened long before Mr. Trump’s campaign began. Mr. Manafort was never charged in that case.

    Federal investigators have also contacted Deutsche Bank about Mr. Trump’s accounts, and the bank is expecting to provide information to Mr. Mueller.
    A lawyer for Mr. Trump, Jay Sekulow, declined to address the potential conflicts he and the other lawyers for Mr. Trump have uncovered about Mr. Mueller’s team. He said, however, that “any good lawyer would raise, at the appropriate time and in the appropriate venue, conflict-of-interest issues.”
    Mr. Sekulow is one part of a legal team in the midst of being reorganized, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. The role of Marc E. Kasowitz, the president’s longtime New York lawyer, will be significantly reduced. Mr. Trump liked Mr. Kasowitz’s blunt, aggressive style, but he was not a natural fit in the delicate, politically charged criminal investigation. The veteran Washington defense lawyer John Dowd will take the lead in representing Mr. Trump for the Russia inquiry.

    Mr. Sekulow, a firebrand lawyer with deep conservative credentials, will serve as Mr. Dowd’s deputy. Two people briefed on the new structure said it was created because the investigation is much more focused in Washington, where Mr. Dowd has a long history of dealing with the Justice Department.
    Mark Corallo is no longer working as a spokesman for the legal team. A former Justice Department spokesman, Mr. Corallo was one of several people cautioning against publicly criticizing Mr. Mueller.

    The shake-up comes weeks after Mr. Dowd and Mr. Kasowitz had a face-to-face meeting with Mr. Mueller. The lawyers said they hoped Mr. Mueller would conduct a thorough investigation but asked that he wrap it up in a timely manner because of the cloud it had cast over the presidency, according to a senior American official and two others briefed on details of the meeting. Mr. Dowd said Mr. Trump would fully cooperate with Mr. Mueller, one of the people said.
    It is not unusual for lawyers to meet with prosecutors to establish a line of communication, or to encourage them to move quickly. Mr. Trump’s situation is unique, though, because of his team’s public threats that they could fire Mr. Mueller at any time.

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    Source: NY Times

    Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press Secretary

    By GLENN THRUSHJULY 21, 2017

    Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, during a briefing last month. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned on Friday morning, telling President Trump he vehemently disagreed with the appointment of the New York financier Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.
    Mr. Trump offered Mr. Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. The president requested that Mr. Spicer stay on, but Mr. Spicer told Mr. Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to person with direct knowledge of the exchange.

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    Breaking News I just heard on am radio. Spicer has resigned!!!!! Whoop whoop!!

    oops sorry missed the post above! This is great news. The Trump dynasty seems to be unraveling.
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    Melissa McCarthy must be so bummed.
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    THIS is what finally got him to resign? Is he too late to save his soul?

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    He's not even in my top 10 of people who need to resign in this administration.

    Just found out that I'm invited to a fundraiser for an actual democratic candidate for Senate in Alabama next week. While I know he has zero chance of winning, I'm so glad to see someone finally freaking running. There are far too many assholes running unopposed here.
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    Next up is Trump pardon time! It's time to roll out the Rolls Royce and whip out the Grey Poupon.

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    At least Spicer worked for the government, Scaramucci is a greasy Wall Street exec. Drain the swamp indeed. Can this 4 years be done already? Can any of the shit pumps be put in jail?

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    I can only hope that Spicer has some tiny bit of a conscience and he was looking for an out and this was it. Maybe? Every time I heard him or Sanders speak I always wondered how they could out and out lie and spin and not feel their stomachs rotting in the process.

    You know, he did drain the swamp -- he just refilled it with new beasts. Completely unqualified beasts. Rich a-hole beasts. I'm still holding out hope that this will all fall apart and every last one of them will be in it up to their ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulip View Post
    I can only hope that Spicer has some tiny bit of a conscience and he was looking for an out and this was it. Maybe? Every time I heard him or Sanders speak I always wondered how they could out and out lie and spin and not feel their stomachs rotting in the process.

    You know, he did drain the swamp -- he just refilled it with new beasts. Completely unqualified beasts. Rich a-hole beasts. I'm still holding out hope that this will all fall apart and every last one of them will be in it up to their ears.
    At least the old swamp had some semblance of an idea of how government works. This new crowd doesn't even pretend to know or care what's legal and what isn't.

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    Apparently Priebus and Bannon are unhappy as well about the new hire. The new guy must be really bad if Bannon doesn't like him.

    The Law Won’t Stop Donald Trump

    But politics might.

    By Ryan J. Reilly

    WASHINGTON ― Democrats who hope that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election could bring an end to Donald Trump’s presidency may want to consult a constitutional scholar.

    Congress could always impeach the president. But short of that, Trump’s job offers him sweeping protections from the types of accountability that normally apply to regular citizens.

    Examples abound. Does Trump have massive conflicts of interests? Well, the president is exempt from conflict-of-interest laws. Do officials think Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, shouldn’t be given permanent security clearance? Well, Trump has the power to grant him clearance anyhow. Does someone want to sue Trump for his actions before he became president? Well, his lawyers say they can’t (a questionable claim). Did Trump violate the law? Well, the sitting president is immune from prosecution.

    And ― perhaps most crucially as former FBI director Mueller investigates Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a foreign national to discuss dirt on Hillary Clinton ― could someone close to Trump get indicted? Well, Trump can use the power of a presidential pardon to force prosecutors to let it go.

    Donald Trump Jr. and President Donald Trump.So far, there’s been no public indication that Trump is considering preemptively pardoning his son or son-in-law, or others being investigated, including former campaign manager Paul Manafort or former national security adviser Michael Flynn. One of Trump’s attorneys, Jay Sekulow, said Sunday that he hadn’t had any conversations with the president about pardons.

    But The Washington Post reported Thursday that Trump has asked aides about how pardons work, though the report characterized the discussions as “purely theoretical.”

    Although it’s still an open question whether Trump could pardon himself, should things ever get to that point, the only thing stopping him from preemptively pardoning members of his campaign (or his family) is political backlash. And the only real restraints on the president’s pardon power, says Saikrishna Prakash, a James Monroe distinguished professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, are political repercussions.

    “The question of a pardon is always on the table; it’s on the table now,” Prakash said. “I doubt he’s going to issue one now because people will jump to the conclusion that there’s been a crime committed.”

    While his position as president may allow Trump to dodge legal accountability, the Russia probe has already had an effect on his political standing. That could ultimately be where the real consequences lie. A preemptive move like pardoning his son would spark massive criticism and cement the belief in many Americans’ mind that whoever received a pardon broke the law. In a similar vein, Trump himself had proclaimed that pleading the Fifth Amendment was an admission of guilt.

    “Although you can pardon someone you think is innocent, people will naturally suppose that the person must have done something wrong if the president pardoned them, otherwise they wouldn’t need a pardon,” Prakash said.

    Peter M. Shane, a law professor at Ohio State University, isn’t so sure that the normal political rules about pardons apply to Trump. After all, Trump has already admitted that the Russia investigation was on his mind when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey. The president has repeatedly called the special counsel investigation part of a “witch hunt” and has downplayed his eldest son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer on the promise of damaging information on Democratic presidential rival Clinton, calling it “very standard.”

    “In normal times, in times when we did not elect so thoroughly unqualified a president, it would have been political suicide to pardon a family member, or someone involved in an alleged conspiracy with the president himself,” Shane said. “Nixon didn’t pardon any of the co-conspirators in Watergate, and I think he understood to do so only would have hastened what happened anyway.”

    But Trump, “seems to believe that that normal laws of politics don’t apply to him,” Shane said. “And he got to be president of the United States, which suggests that some of those rules did not kick in in the usual way.”

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has established an office at the Patrick Henry Building in Washington nearby the federal courthouse.There are still a few checks on Trump’s power, though, Prakash said.

    “It’s the press, it’s impeachment, it’s Congress, and ultimately the populace,” Prakash said. “It’s a lot harder for him to do what he wants if he’s at a 20 percent approval rating, it’s a lot easier if he’s got a 60 percent approval rating.”

    On Trump’s business conflicts, there’s not much Trump critics can do other than loudly complain, even though Trump seems “impervious to” and “unmoved” by the criticism, Prakash said. But criticism and public scrutiny, says Shane, would apply more pressure on Republicans to hold Trump accountable.

    Republican leaders need to be more afraid of the public reaction to their inaction on the issue rather than they are of losing their supporters for going after Trump, Shane added.

    The scrutiny on the Trump administration has already “limited his range of plausible political action,” Shane said. A more radical move ― like Trump trying to get rid of Mueller or pardoning his son or son-in-law ― could further alter political reality. But given the way Trump has tossed aside the typical rules of politics in the past, it’s “not impossible” that the president would preemptively pardon Trump Jr., Shane argued.

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    In the middle of all this talk of pardons, fake news, witch hunts, fake news, Spicey taking to his heels etc, Trumpy has come up with a new way of making sure everyone knows he has something to hide. He's trying to say that Mueller welshed on golf fees.

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller relinquished his membership at a golf course owned by President Donald Trump 'without dispute' six years ago, his office said amid a new effort to muddy the investigator.
    Mueller's office is contesting an account floated by the White House that there was some sort of an issue with Mueller, a former member of Trump's club that hugs the Potomac River near Washington, that could potentially interfere with his inquiry.
    President Trump himself is said to be nursing a grudge about the issue, which his legal team is grasping as it compiles a list of potential conflicts of interest that might help it deflect a sprawling Russia probe that has come to encompass Trump's past business dealings.
    'Mr. Mueller left the club in October 2011 without dispute,' special counsel spokesman Joshua Stueve told

    The report was sourced to two White House advisers – putting the golf club pushback operation within the confines of the seat of executive power.
    Post reporter Carol Leonnig amplified the story Friday morning in an appearance on CNN – adding the detail that the President himself was 'ticked' about the alleged incident.
    'The president himself is interested in and slightly ticked a bit ... about what he considers to be an important conflict which is that Mueller resigned from a Trump golf course in 2011 and that as described or as alleged, Mueller had some sort of dispute over back fees that he was owed,' she said.
    'The president thinks this is something that conflicts Mueller,' she added.

    (Full story at link)

    Read more: Mueller DENIES he quit Trump's golf course in fee dispute | Daily Mail Online

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