Trump sought advice on Syria from legal team defending him in Russia probe: report

Trump sought advice on Syria from legal team defending him in Russia probe: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE reportedly cast a wide net in seeking advice on a military strike in Syria, including from the legal counsel defending him in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

In the days since an evident chemical weapons attack on the country by the government forces of Syrian leader Bashar Assad last Saturday, Trump sought advice from a wide variety of sources on what the U.S. response should be, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The president announced Friday that he had authorized "precision strikes" against targets associated with Syria’s chemical weapons production.

Trump called the apparent chemical attack this week a "significant escalation" of the ongoing civil conflict, and demanded swift action in response. 

After Trump warned Russia of strikes by "smart" missiles that the U.S. could launch at Syria, top military officials including Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisGOP senator: Miscalculations with Russia 'could lead us to a very bad place' America struck flawlessly, but the big question is what comes next Top Dems demand answers from Trump over legality of Syria strikes MORE reportedly warned against actions that could broaden U.S. involvement. Trump apparently solicited advice beyond the military in his decision.

Trump's legal team is currently in talks with members of the special counsel's staff about a possible sit down interview between the president and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, who is seeking answers from Trump about his role in his 2016 campaign's alleged dealings with Russia. Recent upheaval in Trump's legal team means the interview might not happen.