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PoliticsTrump says his choice for U.S. spy chief has decided to stay in Congress

21:35  02 august  2019
21:35  02 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Mueller explains decision not to subpoena Trump

Mueller explains decision not to subpoena Trump Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday pressed former special counsel Robert Mueller on why he did not subpoena President Trump for an interview during his investigation into Russian election interference.The lawmaker during a House Intelligence Committee hearing pressed Mueller on why his team did not pursue the president with a subpoena after Trump declined to sit for an interview voluntarily. Mueller said his team weighed the evidence of Trump's intent that the team had without the interview against the amount of time it would take to litigate a likely court challenge to a subpoena.

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday his choice for director of national intelligence, Representative John Ratcliffe, has decided to remain in Congress and has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Trump says his choice for U.S. spy chief has decided to stay in Congress © Leah Millis Rep. John Ratcliffe questions former Special Counsel Robert Mueller during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on July 24, 2019.

"Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media," Trump said of Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist and former prosecutor who apparently embellished his biography.

"Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people," Trump said on Twitter. "John has therefore decided to stay in Congress."

Reporting by David Alexander; editing by Tim Ahmann and Grant McCool

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