Trump’s legal team lacks security clearances: report

Trump’s legal team lacks security clearances: report

Members of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE’s legal team do not have security clearances ahead of a possible interview between Trump and special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

Two sources told Bloomberg that only Trump’s former lead lawyer, John Dowd, had security clearance.

Dowd abruptly resigned in March after breaking with the president on key legal elements surrounding Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.


Trump’s current lead lawyer for the Mueller probe, Jay Sekulow, still doesn’t have his security clearance, Bloomberg reported.

Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer handling Mueller’s requests, has a security clearance, but Cobb represents Trump as president and not as a private citizen, the news outlet noted. 

It was reported on Tuesday that Mueller suggested during a meeting with Dowd earlier this year that he would subpoena Trump to appear before a grand jury if the president refused to talk. 

Two current U.S. officials told Bloomberg that Mueller believes he has the legal authority to subpoena a sitting president even though that has never been fully tested before. Trump would not be allowed to bring his lawyer into a grand jury room if subpoenaed.

If Trump agrees with sit down for an interview with Mueller, the topics that would be discussed would require his legal team to have security clearances.

The New York Times reported on Monday the list of questions Mueller wants to ask Trump.

The topics include the well-known meeting at Trump Tower involving Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE and a Russia lawyer, as well as whether the president himself discussed sanctions on Russia or meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign, the Times reported.

Other topics include what Trump knew, if anything, about Russian hacking in the presidential race and his decisions to fire former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE.

Trump's newest lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, met with Mueller last week to reopen negotiations over a possible interview. 

Giuliani joined the president's legal team late last month along with former federal prosecutors Jane Serene Raskin and Marty Raskin.