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Trump Tests Limits of Power by Investigating Mueller’s High-Powered Team

President Trump, via White House [1]

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling

President Trump’s administration has taken the extraordinary steps of  looking for ways to undermine the team hired by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate whether the Republican’s campaign team colluded with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

The New York Times reports [2] that Trump’s legal team is examining potential conflicts of interest in what could be an attempt to fire Mueller or some members of his high-powered legal team.

The president’s lawyers and aides are reviewing the investigators’ donations to Democratic candidates, their past clients and Mueller’s relationship with fired FBI Director James Comey.   

It’s the latest sign that the White House appears to be headed to an inevitable showdown with the Justice Department-appointed special counsel.

The campaign to undermine special counsel is raising questions about the potential reach of presidential power and just how far Trump is willing to go to disrupt an investigation that some legal observers believe could jeopardize his inner circle or even the presidency.