Trump Has Just Hired An Army Of 17 Lawyers To Hide From Mueller

Olivia Ovenden
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From Esquire

Despite his attempts to cause confusion and chaos with a national address on the proposed border wall - in which he said very little - the heat of the Mueller investigation is clearly getting to Donald.

So much so that he's considerably strengthened his legal team in order to help protect himself as the feared contents of Mueller's report loom.

The significantly larger team has been assembled with the aim of preventing Trump's discussions with top legal advisors being disclosed to House Democrats or revealed in Mueller's forthcoming report.

The Independent report that, "The strategy to strongly assert the president's executive privilege on both fronts is being developed under newly arrived White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has hired 17 lawyers in recent weeks to help in the effort."

Were Trump to succeed in blocking areas of Mueller's report from becoming public it would enrage Democrats, many of which have long been hoping the contents of the report will give them grounds to issue subpoenas.

With the report potentially due as soon as next month, Democrats are especially concerned that Trump's legal team is attempting to conceal obstruction of justice by the president - an impeachable offence.

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Hoping to hide behind an army of lawyers, Trump's legal team have told special counsel Robert Mueller he will not answer any more questions.

Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Reuters, "As far as we're concerned, everything is over. We weren't convinced they had any questions they don't know the answer to."

He added, "They could try to subpoena him if they want. But they know we could fight that like hell," he said.

The investment in a bolstered legal team is particularly galling for federal government workers who continue to go unpaid amid the partial government shut down. Donny always said his priority was protecting American jobs, but perhaps he should have made clear he only meant his own.

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