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Trump, his lawyers cite expansive view of executive power

05 June 2018, 07:01 | Marta Robbins

Oliver Contreras AP

Oliver Contreras  AP

Mr Giuliani underscored one of the main arguments in a newly unveiled letter sent by Mr Trump's lawyers to Mr Mueller back in January: A president can not be given a grand jury subpoena as part of the investigation into foreign meddling in the 2016 election.

Whether Trump's lawyers' interpretation of the Constitution is correct is an open to debate.

"If Mueller tries to subpoena us, we're going to court", Giuliani told ABC News. Not cool. The letter responded to Mueller's request that Trump agree to be questioned about allegations that he committed obstruction of justice. Those include whether a president can be forced to answer questions from prosecutors, whether it's possible for a commander in chief to criminally interfere in investigations and whether a president's broad pardon power can be deployed for corrupt purposes. Mr. Trump has berated his attorney general, as recently as this week, for recusing himself, and has suggested he would have picked someone else for the job if he had known what Sessions would do.

He told The Washington Post last week that Trump's lawyers are drafting a letter to Mueller laying out those terms and that Jane and Marty Raskin, a husband-and-wife team from Florida assisting Trump's defense, are in contact with Mueller's office three times a week.

"The records and testimony we have, pursuant to the President's directive, already voluntarily provided to your office allow you to delve into the conversations and actions that occurred in a significant and exhaustive manner, including but not limited to the testimony of the President's interlocutors themselves", the letter says.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, made clear that he did not think Mr Trump or any other president should pardon himself.

Trump Contends Prosecutors Will 'Meddle' in 2018 Elections
Bush. " about spying, which he doesn't realize - spying on the Trump campaign", he said. Some of Mueller's actions remain under seal.

President Trump referred to the total cost in a Friday morning tweet that seemed to inflate the total slightly, and once again labeled the probe a hoax.

Whether Trump may pardon himself is a matter of some debate. No one is above the law, especially not the most powerful person on the earth.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, told Fox News Trump fired Comey because Comey wouldn't state "that he wasn't a target" of the Russian Federation probe.

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. Dowd left the president's legal team in March. That argument may help ward off allegations from Comey that the president asked him to consider shutting down an FBI investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. "Should have told me!"

Just days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein announced that grounds existed to appoint a special counsel.



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