Trump lawyers' letter to Mueller challenges subpoena

06 June, 2018, 03:58 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • NYT Trump lawyers make case in memo to Mueller

He did not question the veracity of the letter.

Mueller has requested an interview with Trump, but while the president has said he would be willing to sit down with the special counsel, his legal team has advised against it. Mueller reportedly wishes to inquire about a number of topics, including Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and his campaign's possible coordination with Russian Federation.

The president was not under investigation by the FBI.

If Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to go forward with a historic grand jury subpoena.

Which brings us to these letters.

Fox News has obtained the letter, which offers a detailed look at the president's legal team and its thinking about whether he should submit to an interview, including the argument that under the law and the U.S. Constitution, Mueller faces a high bar in trying to prove he needs in-person answers from the president.

Perhaps "here" means the things encompassed by the 16 topics Mueller's team said it wants to interview Trump about.

They also argue that Trump can not be accused of obstructing justice because he has the constitutional power to end the investigation led by the Justice Department.

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


In the letter, the Trump's lawyers argue that a charge of illegal obstruction is moot because the Constitution empowers the president to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon". "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" the president tweeted.

The president later posted the same message again, but with corrected spelling.

He also suggested the President can't "demean the Office of the President" any more than he already has, referencing a string of controversies including the Stormy Daniels scandal, his allegedly mocking a reporter's physical disability during his campaign, and referring to third-world nations as "sh*thole countries". Trump has argued that the claims predate Manafort's involvement with his Republican campaign.

"A quick scroll through his Twitter feed shows how much of his time is consumed by thinking about the investigation".

In a statement Saturday, Sekulow noted the consistency of Trump's legal position while bemoaning the leaking of the internal document.

The past several days have also spurred arguments about the scope of the president's pardon power. "Anyone who doesn't by now acknowledge that is being intentionally stupid", he wrote. "You got a group there, a lynching mob", he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, accompanied by White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, left, arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday in Washington. "This type of communique has only one objective and that is to undermine the credibility of those investigating Russia's efforts to engage in an ongoing attack against the U.S. While it may advance the president's political and legal strategy, I fear that it plays into Russia's efforts, which seek to weaken America by undermining the credibility of our national security and law enforcement institutions". Here's what she said. But in that case, Calabresi said, the court determined that independent counsel Alexia Morrison qualified as an "inferior officer' not subject to the appointment process".

The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Trump pardoning himself. "Constitutionally and as a matter of law, there is no basis for any investigation to include the conduct of the president of the United States".

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