Giuliani says Trump will fight Russian Federation probe subpoena
06 June, 2018, 03:56 | Author: Rachel Logan
President Donald Trump's attorney says his legal team would go to court to prevent any effort to subpoena the president.
Giuliani also said it is an "open question" whether Trump would sit for an interview with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating potential collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation, but that the president's lawyers were leaning against having him testify.
Read the full letter, via The New York Times, here.
Even with the additional costs, the official figure is significantly less than what Trump has said the Mueller inquiry is costing taxpayers. Trump questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department had leaked his legal team's letter to the media.
Sharpening their legal and political defenses against the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, President Donald Trump's attorneys stressed Sunday, June 3, that they would contest any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury but downplayed the idea that Trump could pardon himself.
They also contended that nothing Mr. Trump did violated obstruction-of-justice statutes, making both a technical parsing of what one such law covers and a broad constitutional argument that Congress can not infringe on how he exercises his power to supervise the executive branch.
"Even assuming, arguendo, that the President did order the termination of an investigation (and the President, along with Mr. Comey in his testimony and in his actions, have made it clear that he did not) this could not constitute obstruction of justice", they claim.
Over the weekend, The New York Times published two leaked letters sent by the President's lawyers to Mr Mueller. "That would be going on for months", Giuliani said.
More than a dozen members of the special counsel's team have donated nearly exclusively to Democratic candidates, according to Federal Election Commission records; Kevin Corke reports. On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".
Mr Trump's lawyers rejected Mr Mueller's request for an interview, saying they have already handed over documents and allowed others to talk to his team.
The president was not under investigation by the FBI. "Having him testify demeans the Office of the President before the world", they wrote. Kasowitz also references how both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had advised Trump that the FBI's integrity would remain compromised under Comey.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's current lawyers, told the Times the team was preparing for the possibility.
January 24, 2018 - CNN reports that at some point Mueller gave Trump's lawyers a range of possible topics for an interview, largely focused on the firings of FBI Director James Comey and national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mr Trump himself is yet to be questioned by Mr Mueller or his team.
For what it's worth, I believe the president does have the power to terminate Mueller's investigation and to pardon those being investigated, including, probably, himself.
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