Trump lawyers' made case to Mueller against subpoena

06 June, 2018, 03:57 | Author: Donnie King
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If the president does not consent to an interview and Mueller instead subpoenas him, the interpretation of executive powers by Trump's lawyers would likely be tested in court if they chose to fight the subpoena.

In all, the letter presents a broad view of presidential authority - and one the Times says could be challenged in court if Mueller does issue a subpoena to Trump.

Retweeting Starbuck, Trump said, "Real Fox News is doing great, Fake News CNN is dead!"

The president has also blasted the special counsel team, referring to investigators as "Angry Democrats".

Trump's lawyers wrote that it would be "unthinkable" for a president acting under his constitutional authority and with the "overt participation" of his deputy attorney general to have obstructed justice.

The last time a special counsel was investigating a White House occupant, President Bill Clinton between August 1994 and February 1999, then counsel Kenneth Starr's office spent US$52 million in the 4-1/2 years.

It's another front on which Trump's lawyers are trying to make the case that the president can't be subpoenaed in the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

"You have received all of the notes, communications and testimony indicating that the President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.", the letter said, according to The New York Times, which published a copy of it.

Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee says he's not going to defend Giuliani "because those aren't words that I would use".

Between April 23 and April 30, 2018 - Giuliani meets with Mueller to try to determine whether the special counsel team is "truly objective", according to The New York Times.

"The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" Trump had previously signaled that he would be willing to sit for an interview, but his legal team, including head lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have privately and publicly expressed concern that the president could risk charges of perjury.

The president is formally in charge of the investigation, but he is not the investigation, nor is he justice. "Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world". If Mr. Trump refuses to be questioned, Mr. Mueller will have to weigh their arguments while deciding whether to press ahead with a historic grand jury subpoena.

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, the task fell on Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

Revelations of an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant communicating with members of the Trump campaign - George Papadopoulos, Sam Clovis, and Carter Page - have set of new criticism from Trump for several ex-intelligence and law enforcement figures from the Obama administration.

Topics of Mueller's obstruction investigation include the firings of both Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as well Trump's reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. Lawyers for Trump and a spokesman for the special counsel declined to comment to ABC News. (Emphasis added) It's not clear what, if anything, Trump's lawyers mean by "here".


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