Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump lawyers sent special counsel letter arguing President can’t obstruct Russian Federation probe

Trump lawyers sent special counsel letter arguing President can’t obstruct Russian Federation probe

Sekulow and Dowd, who has since resigned from Trump's legal team, also talk about the priorities and perception of the presidency.

March 2018 - Mueller informs Trump's lawyers that the President is not considered a criminal target of the investigation, sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

"In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the president", the letter read.

Trump said in early May that he would "love to" speak with Mueller "because we've done nothing wrong", but said his lawyers were advising him not to do so.

Fox News contributor Byron York on how much special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation has cost taxpayers.

The lawyers do admit in the letter that Trump "dictated" the statement his son, Donald Trump Jr., initially gave to explain his shady 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who supposedly had dirt on Clinton.

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.

First, the letter oddly claims that, when Trump allegedly asked former FBI director James Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the president could not been trying to obstruct justice, since he did not know Flynn was under investigation in the first place.

In addition to fighting a subpoena, Giuliani told ABC that Trump's legal strategy as detailed in a January letter to Mueller and published by the New York Times on Saturday still stands.

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Mr Giuliani told ABC's This Week.

He then again decried special counsel Robert Mueller's probe as a "never ending Witch Hunt". But he continued to cast doubt on the special counsel's eventual findings, suggesting that Trump has already offered explanations for the matters being investigated and that the special counsel was biased against the president. Giuliani himself has raised fears that Trump could be "walking into a trap" by consenting to be interviewed by Mueller's team.

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.

It's high time for Senate Majority Leader McConnell to put country before party and support the bipartisan legislation to protect the Mueller investigation. 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. (Emphasis added) It's not clear what, if anything, Trump's lawyers mean by "here". Giuliani has said that the president's legal team believes the special counsel does not have the authority to do so.

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