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Colin Kaepernick's Legal Team Will Send Subpoena To Donald Trump

Colin Kaepernick's Legal Team Will Send Subpoena To Donald Trump

It appears Kaepernick lawyers may feel the same way, as they are reportedly expected to try to subpoena Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and "other officials familiar with the president's agenda on protesting National Football League players", sources told Yahoo Sports.

During the wide-ranging gaggle with reporters, Trump also said he wants to meet with NFL players and other athletes who kneel during the national anthem so they can recommend people they think should be pardoned due to unfair treatment by the justice system.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, alleging the owners conspired to keep him out of the league over his kneeling protest during the national anthem.

Two weeks ago, Trump praised NFL owners for doing the "right thing" by requiring players and staff to stand during the national anthem if they are on the field.

After consistently framing players who failed to stand for the national anthem as an assault on patriotism or the military, Trump's statement Friday appeared to publicly acknowledge for the first time that protests were aimed at inequalities in the justice system.

The issue enraged Trump, who previously called for the "sons of b****es" who kneeled to be sacked from their teams. "This one lifts me". They have the option to remain in the locker room for the anthem if they choose.

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A solid majority of American voters - with the exception of Republicans - believe that NFL players can take a knee during the National Anthem and still be patriots, a new poll said Thursday.

Trump also said that while he had the "absolute power" to pardon himself in connection with the special counsel's probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign, no crime had occurred.

"I'm just saying, for the leagues, if they have people - if the players, if the athletes have friends of theirs or people that they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know".

Some have seen the pardons as sending a message to former campaign aides now ensnared in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election or in other legal inquiries, including Trump's longtime lawyer and legal "fixer" Michael Cohen, whose finances are under federal investigation. Trump has made "The Star Spangled Banner" a major issue, and he recently disinvited the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles from visiting the White House.

If Kaepernick's attorneys succeed, Trump's lawyers are likely to fight the subpoena, potentially raising some of the same arguments as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.