Giuliani: Trump team would try to avert subpoena

Hugh Fox
June 6, 2018

A person familiar with the letter confirmed its authenticity. An attorney for President Donald Trump is playing down the possibility that Trump would try to - if it came to that. It concluded that Trump's actions were in keeping with the expansive powers of the presidency and could not constitute crimes.

Citing records handed over to the special counsel and interviews Mueller's team has had with White House staff, Sekulow and Dowd wrote in the letter, "In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President".

"The president's prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview", they wrote.

The question of whether the president will testify has been scrutinized for months.

Trump apparently got heads-up that the missive was about to be made public.

The White House declined to comment, referring to outside counsel.

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Giuliani says they would contest it if Mueller tried.

President Donald J. Trump speaks to the media as he departs the Oval Office for New York City, May 23,2018. Giuliani, at first, expressed confidence that he could resolve the matter within weeks.

Mueller is investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow. The subpoena would then be contested.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was questioned repeatedly Monday about whether the president is above the law, said no, he is not. And the tone of those tweets - angry, incredulous and, most interestingly, victimized - suggest just how much emotional investment Trump has in all of this.

"We have maintained a consistent legal argument throughout the many months of this inquiry". Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued since.

Someone has leaked a confidential 20-page letter that President Trump's legal team sent to Robert Mueller in January of this year.

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Chief among those was former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, who in December pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his pre-inaugural contacts with Russian Federation ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Asked whether Trump has the power to give himself a pardon, Giuliani said, "He's not, but he probably does". Trump told Holt that he had the Russian investigation on his mind when he fired Comey, but Trump's lawyers argue that has been taken out of context.

But if Trump's lawyers were saying it's impossible for a president to obstruct justice because he's the nation's chief law enforcement officer, they went too far.

"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. Another is item #15: "The President's interaction with Attorney General Sessions as it relates to the appointment of Special Counsel".

"A president can also order the termination of an investigation by the Justice Department or FBI at any time and for any reason", the memo reads.

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"When the President does it, that means it's not illegal", Schatz said in one post.

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