Trump said not to be target of investigation

He is also looking at whether the President has tried to obstruct justice by attempting to impede the investigation.

Some Trump advisers have noted that a subject of an investigation can easily become a target (particularly if they say something incriminating under oath).

More significant, some said, is Mueller's intention to write a report on his findings about Trump's potential obstruction of justice in the probe, according to the Post.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Trump is a "subject" of the probe but not a "target".

The president has privately expressed relief at the description of his legal status, which has increased his determination to agree to a special counsel interview, the people said.

After more than a year of investigations and accusations, has the "collusion" case against Donald Trump come up empty?

U.S. intelligence agencies say Russian President Vladimir Putin himself was behind a hacking and disinformation effort to disrupt the election and boost Trump's chances of winning. Robert Mueller's act of asking questions only looks like a perjury "trap" to lawyers who are pretty sure that their client will commit, you know, perjury. "So if you're not the defendant, whether you're the target or the subject, I know the FBI gets really caught up in those two words, [but] as a former federal prosecutor they're meaningless to me". At the time, the two sides were negotiating a possible interview between Mueller's team and Trump.

"Subjects" of federal probes can quickly become targets, especially as more information is gathered and interviews are conducted.

The turmoil on Trump's legal team started on March 19 with Trump's abrupt decision to add lawyer Joseph diGenova after little consultation with advisers.

"So all today's news tells us is that Mueller hasn't chose to indict Trump at this time". What does it mean to be a subject, rather than a target? "There doesn't appear to be any direct evidence that would justify going after the president as the directive says in the document that (Assistant Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein put forward".

Trump himself reportedly wants to sit down with Mueller's staff, and his legal team is divided over whether it's a good idea.

White House lawyers have argued since the Nixon administration that the president can't face criminal charges because it would interfere with his or her ability to run the country.

One key skill an experienced defense lawyer could bring to Trump is preparing him for an interview to make sure he has an answer ready for any likely question.

Still, several legal scholars and impeachment experts believe Mueller may conclude he does not have the authority to charge a sitting president with a crime under an opinion written by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel in 1973 and reaffirmed in 2000.

Mr. Trump has testified in depositions before.

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