Politics Trump has given dozens of depositions in his lawsuit-laden business career — but he could face a tougher grilling in the Russia probe

23:01  13 january  2018
23:01  13 january  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

Key House conservatives say it's time for Sessions to go

  Key House conservatives say it's time for Sessions to go Conservative Republican Reps. Mark Meadows (N.C.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down, citing recent leaks from the Justice Department and FBI. "If Sessions can't address this issue immediately, then we have one final question needing an answer: When is it time for a new attorney general?" the two GOP lawmakers asked in an op-ed for The Washington Examiner. "Sadly, it seems the answer is now," they continued."It would appear he has no control at all of the premier law enforcement agency in the world.

blog 'lauriewelch.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Smoltz believes he has plenty of innings left in his arm: John Smoltzs career

blog 'gregflores.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Epidemiologists: Life Tracking Deadly Diseases (Extreme Careers ) eBook.

DOJ deal gives Nunes access to 'all' documents, witnesses sought in Russia probe, letter says

  DOJ deal gives Nunes access to 'all' documents, witnesses sought in Russia probe, letter says House investigators will get access this week to “all remaining investigative documents” – in unredacted form – that they had sought as part of their Russia inquiry, under a deal between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., according to a letter obtained by Fox News. The letter, from Nunes to Rosenstein, summarizes an “agreement” reached on a phone call Wednesday evening and also says key FBI and Justice Department witnesses in the probe will be provided for interviews later this month.

Lawyer says threats prompt him to drop halal pizza lawsuits .

blog 'billyrivera.blogdetik.com' is not exists. American hero-myths: a study in the native religions of the western continent

WASHINGTON - If President Donald Trump is interviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, a step that may be unavoidable in the Russia investigation, he'll square off with prosecutors who have spent decades firing questions at corrupt politicians, crooked businessmen and organized crime leaders.

But the prosecutors wouldn't be the only seasoned veterans in the room. By his own account, Trump has sat for dozens of depositions in his career as a bellicose business mogul in New York, one who routinely drew legal challenges from aggrieved competitors, contractors, customers and state attorneys general.

He would hardly be the first president questioned in a criminal case. In 1876, Ulysses S. Grant gave a deposition in defense of his private secretary during a trial over whiskey distillers evading taxes. Grant's probity was so unquestioned that he effectively ended the prosecution's case.

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska sues Manafort and Gates in NY

  Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska sues Manafort and Gates in NY Oleg Deripaska's lawsuit against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates is the latest chapter in a long-running business dispute.Although Deripaska and the Americans have been in a long-running business dispute, the new suit uses Manafort and Gates' recent indictment in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investgation against them — citing it as proof of their fraudulent practices.

blog 'nelidawholley.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Now Concerning Teachers: Establishing the Role of the Teacher in the Body

blog 'malikphilemon.blogdetik.com' is not exists. To Russia with Fries: My Adventures in Canada and Russia - Having Fun

Trump may have a more difficult time. Lawyers who have grilled him in the past describe him as charming and focused, but also arrogant, glib and dishonest, characteristics that could prove troublesome if Mueller's team finds he has a clear conflict with the truth.

The president has given mixed signals over whether he would submit to an interview about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In June, he said he would be "100 percent" willing to testify under oath. He appeared to waffle this week, however, saying "we'll see."

"When they have no collusion, and nobody has found any collusion, at any level, it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview," Trump told reporters.

Legal experts say Trump almost certainly will have to submit to some form of questioning before Mueller wraps up the probe. The president is likely to give as good as he gets.

"He's going to have his A game on," said Jay Itkowitz, a lawyer who represented ALM Unlimited, a licensing company that accused Trump of stiffing it on revenue from his clothing line in 2008.

Top House Intel Dem wants to call Ivanka as witness in Russia probe

  Top House Intel Dem wants to call Ivanka as witness in Russia probe The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said he wants to call "dozens" more witnesses to testify in front of the panel in the Russia probe, including first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump.Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told Reuters that he would like the committee's GOP leader Rep. Devin Nunes, to call Ivanka Trump and former White House strategist Steve Bannon as witnesses. He also wants Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner to testify again.

blog 'anthonyknight.blogdetik.com' is not exists. My Traitors Heart: A South African Exile Returns to Face His Country, His

blog 'guilhermereed.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Ethics and Organizations: Understanding Business Ethics as a Learning

Trump behaved like "a gentleman" when Itkowitz deposed him in a Trump Tower conference room in 2011, the lawyer said. But he felt Trump provided false information.

"He's obviously capable of being very charming and have an outward demeanor of respectfulness even while he's totally lying," Itkowitz said. A judge later ruled in Trump's favor by dismissing ALM's lawsuit.

A Miami lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, said she got less respect when she deposed Trump in a separate lawsuit in 2011 involving a failed real estate deal in Florida.

Trump called her questions "very stupid," according to a transcript. In an interview, Beck said he also "ran out of the room screaming" and got "red in the face" when she needed to take a break to pump breast milk for her newborn.

He was more polite when they resumed the deposition three months later. He was "a completely different person," Beck said.

He also turned on the charm when the case went to trial in Broward County, Fla., in 2014. While reading a document on the witness stand, Trump asked the judge to borrow his glasses.

"Can I use your glasses again, your honor? Is that possible? I hate to do this to you," Trump said.

Russia: 'Unscrupulous' U.S. behavior destabilizes world

  Russia: 'Unscrupulous' U.S. behavior destabilizes world Sergey Lavrov said an increasing number of nations are strengthening their military power to ensure sovereignty because of a decline in international law. He blamed the situation on bullying from the West."The methods they resort to to contain their rivals are, for the most part, rather dubious and unscrupulous," Lavrov said.

blog 'rosablue.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Give Your Face a Lift: Natural Ways to Look and Feel Good eBook.

blog 'scottyanderson.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Small Business : Planning, Finance and Control (Small Business Series) eBook.

When he finished testifying, the judge dismissed Trump by saying, "You're fired," the trademark line from Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice." The jury ruled in Trump's favor.

"People underestimate him," Beck said. "I saw grown men, attorneys, become gelatinous in front of him."

It's unlikely that Mueller, a former Marine Corps officer who fought in Vietnam, will turn weak in the knees. In 2004, Mueller famously threatened to resign as FBI director if President George W. Bush reauthorized a warrantless wiretap program without making changes. Bush backed down.

Mueller is also far more powerful than lawyers in civil cases.

In addition to collecting a vast number of documents, the special counsel's office has secured cooperation from George Papadopoulos, a former campaign aide, and Michael T. Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor. Both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russians or suspected Russian intermediaries during the campaign or the presidential transition.

"Mueller holds the cards here," said Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional and criminal law scholar who is an emeritus professor at Harvard Law School.

Trump is famously loose with the facts, sometimes shading the truth or fabricating his own. Doing that in an interview with federal investigators is a potential felony, even if the president is not under oath.

U.S. House committee votes to release Fusion GPS testimony in Russia probe

  U.S. House committee votes to release Fusion GPS testimony in Russia probe The U.S. House Intelligence Committee voted on Thursday to release to the public testimony from the co-founder of the Fusion GPS firm, which researched President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and produced a dossier denounced by the White House. The House of Representatives panel is conducting one of the two major congressional investigations of Trump, Russia and the 2016 U.S election, in addition to a separate probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Committee members leaving a business meeting where the panel voted told reporters the release of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson's testimony had been approved.

blog 'teiancesanders.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Running Injury-Free: How to Prevent, Treat and Recover from Dozens of

The story you are looking for can 't be found. The reason is that the story doesn't exist.

"The main risk is that he will admit to certain facts that will fill gaps for the prosecution, or he'll say things that are contradicted by other witnesses or other evidence," Dershowitz said.

It's unclear how much Trump would prepare for an interview to get his story straight.

Brigida Benitez, who represented celebrity chef Jose Andres in a dispute with Trump's hotel in Washington, D.C., said he displayed "confidence" and "probably some measure of arrogance" when she deposed him at Trump Tower during the presidential transition. But she didn't sense he had prepared for the encounter.

"My impression is that he walks into those situations with little preparation, feeling like he can just wing it," Benitez said. Both sides ultimately settled the lawsuit without disclosing the terms.

Trump's lawyers have said they are cooperating with Mueller, but wouldn't comment on reports about a potential Trump interview. If the president refuses to talk, Mueller could subpoena him to appear before a federal grand jury that is hearing evidence in the probe.

Trump's lawyers "could go to court and say you can't subpoena a sitting president," said Randall D. Eliason, a former federal prosecutor who teaches white collar criminal law at George Washington University. "Most people would say that wouldn't prevail. But they could make an argument and tie it up for months."

Moreover, if Trump refuses to honor a grand jury subpoena, it could spark a political and legal firestorm that would consume the White House and Congress, creating chaos for the administration.

Hamza Bin Laden Attacks Saudi Arabia In New Video

  Hamza Bin Laden Attacks Saudi Arabia In New Video <p>Hamza bin Laden, the son of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden, renewed his call for Saudi Arabia’s monarchy to be overthrown in a video released Thursday.</p>Load Error

blog 'travislanka.blogdetik.com' is not exists. The Mommy Advantage: How Having Kids Can Make You Happier, Healthier

blog 'charlietyner.blogdetik.com' is not exists. Theodore Roosevelt and His Time Shown in His Letters, Volume 2 eBook.

"You're going to send U.S. Marshals to bring the president in?" Eliason asked. "There's a potential for a constitutional crisis right around the corner in all of these things."

Trump's lawyers could try to arrange for the president to answer written questions from the prosecutors - a process that lets the president's team vet the answers - but legal experts suggest it's improbable Mueller would agree to that.

In any case, granting an interview may be the only way for Trump to resolve an investigation that he considers a stain on his administration.

"He should be pursuing closure," Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, said Wednesday on CNN. "And he doesn't get closure until he talks to Bob Mueller."

Mueller probably has the same goal, according to Ken Gormley, president of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the author of books about presidential investigations.

"It is inevitable that Robert Mueller and his team will want to talk to the president in order to reach some closure," he said.

Other presidents have spoken with investigators in various settings for various scandals.

In 1987, President Reagan spoke with an independent commission, and answered written questions from special prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh, about the Iran-Contra scandal. The scheme involved illegal funding of anti-Sandinista Nicaraguan rebels with profits from the covert sale of missiles to Iran, which was under an arms embargo.

Walsh ultimately brought charges against employees of the CIA, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and the State Department, as well as several private individuals. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush preemptively pardoned Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and pardoned five other figures in the case.

In 2004, George W. Bush met for more than an hour in the Oval Office with special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald. He was trying to identify who had leaked the identify of Valerie Plame, an undercover CIA operative, to discredit her husband's claims about faulty intelligence before the invasion of Iraq.

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators. Bush commuted Libby's prison sentence in 2007, but he did not pardon him.

Bill Clinton was the first sitting president to testify to a grand jury investigating his own conduct.

In August 1998, independent counsel Ken Starr sent his deputy, former federal prosecutor Solomon Wisenberg, and two other lawyers to interview Clinton at the White House for the grand jury. They questioned the president about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.

"You obviously try to show as much respect for the office as possible and get the information you're trying to get," said Wisenberg.

Starr had agreed to limit the testimony to four hours, something Clinton tried to use to his advantage.

"President Clinton is one of the great speechifiers of all time," Wisenberg said. "He knew he could give lengthy answers to questions."

One month later, the House Judiciary Committee released a videotape of Clinton's testimony and thousands of pages of supporting evidence, including sexually explicit material.

The Republican-controlled U.S. House approved two articles of impeachment against Clinton, for lying under oath and obstructing justice. He was acquitted in the Senate in February 1999 and served out his presidency.

Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com

For Russia the sweet taste of Trump's victory has turned sour .
It didn't take long for Russia's high hopes about US President Donald Trump to fade and for the disillusionment to set in following Trump's inauguration. Literally, on the floor of the Russian parliament, MPs cracked open bottles of sparkling wine and toasted his victory.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!