Earlier this week reports surfaced that the FBI’s special counsel Robert Mueller may expand his investigation into President Trump’s business dealings, arguably beyond the scope of the Russia collusion investigation.
And that has Trump threatening to push back on Mueller in hopes of reigning him in.
The president’s attorneys are already floating a direct counter-attack by speculating about Mueller’s conflicts of interest in that some of his team are former associates of Hillary Clinton.
The fight is developing into a full blown crisis within the executive branch.
And the unexpected recusal of AG Jeff Sessions has only poured gasoline on the fire.
Here’s more from Newsmax…
President Donald Trump’s lawyers are working to limit the scope of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation by scrutinizing the special counsel’s conflicts and investigating the president’s pardoning authority, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
“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,” Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, told the Post in an interview. “The scope is going to have to stay within his mandate.
“If there’s drifting, we’re going to object.”
Sekulow cited reports by Bloomberg News that Mueller planned to analyze some of the president’s business dealings.
These include a 2008 real estate deal in which a Russian oligarch paid Trump $95 million for a mansion in Palm Beach, Fla.
“They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” Sekulow told the Post. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”
In an interview with The New York Times on Wednesday, Trump warned Mueller would be stepping outside of his boundaries by probing his personal finances or other matters unrelated to Russia.
“I would say, yes,” the president said, declining to say what he would do if the red line were crossed. “I think that’s a violation.
“Look, this is about Russia.”