Trump's Legal Team Wary of Silence From Mueller

Lawyers haven't heard from prosecutors in weeks, as Roger Stone expects trouble
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2018 2:00 AM CDT
Trump's Legal Team Wary of Silence From Mueller
Roger Stone thinks he's going to be indicted by Robert Mueller soon.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has been haggling with Robert Mueller about the idea of the president sitting down for an interview, and Giuliani had hoped to have the issue resolved by Sept. 1. That's looking increasingly unlikely now because Giuliani tells CNN he hasn't heard from Mueller's team in about three weeks. The last communication between the two sides is when Trump's lawyers sent their latest counter-offer about the interview on Aug. 8. Since then, radio silence. "I figured we wouldn't hear until after the Manafort trial, but we (still) haven't," says Giuliani. "I have to figure they're planning something." Giuliani professes to have no idea what that might be, suggesting that Mueller might be preparing to issue a subpoena or publish his report, or that the special counsel is simply content to wait until after the midterms to resume negotiations.

As Giuliani waits for a response, another member of Trump's inner circle—Roger Stone—predicts that Mueller "is coming for me," reports the Hill. Stone is so sure of it that he sent an email to supporters requesting donations for his legal defense fund. "I’m next on the crooked special prosecutor’s hit list because I've advised Donald Trump for the past 39 years," he wrote. Stone further tells the Guardian that Mueller "may frame me for some bogus charge in order to silence me or induce me to testify against the president." The newspaper notes one potential area of interest: Stone has acknowledged exchanging messages during the campaign with "Guccifer 2.0," and Mueller thinks Guccifer was actually a front for Russian operatives who stole emails from top Democrats then leaked them. (More Roger Stone stories.)

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