Trump's lawyers are leaning on a new defense strategy as Mueller homes in on the White House


President Donald Trump's legal team is looking at a 1994 investigation into a Clinton administration official to provide the White House cover in the Russia investigation. The case does not have the same fact pattern as the Russia investigation, but experts say it still gives the White House negotiating power as Trump's lawyers seek to limit the scope of questioning should the president sit down for an interview with the special counsel Robert Mueller. President Donald Trump's lawyers are using a 1994 investigation by an independent counsel into a Clinton administration official as a roadmap to limit the scope of questioning should Trump be interviewed by the special counsel Robert Mueller, Business Insider has learned. The strategy, which was first reported by USA Today, is one of several options John Dowd and Jay Sekulow are examining as they prepare for an interview. Others include providing written responses to questions and submitting an affidavit saying Trump did nothing wrong to avoid having Trump agree to a sit-down with Mueller, who's investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 US election, including whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the race in his favor. Dowd and Sekulow did not return requests for comment. Trump's team is now leaning on a Clinton-era investigation into Mike Espy, who was the agriculture secretary from 1993 to 1994. The independent counsel at the time, Donald Smaltz, charged Espy on 30 corruption counts, accusing him of improperly accepting gifts related to travel and accommodation from businesses and lobbyists. The Clinton administration was at odds with the independent counsel over the scope and application of executive privilege. An appellate court ruled in favor of the White House, saying executive privilege applied not only to documents but also to presidential communications and testimony. Espy was ultimately acquitted on all counts.

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