Trump lawyers argue President can't obstruct Russia probe

Mueller’s Russia probe costing taxpayers close to $17M

Rudy Giuliani, attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, applauds as he attends the White House Sports and Fitness Day event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018.

Trump's legal team used the argument to assert that the president has the authority to deny a subpoena against him to testify before the special counsel, a bold claim that expands traditional understandings of executive power.

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

Trump has publicly said he would sit down with Mueller if he's treated fairly, despite concerns from some people close to the President that such an interview could expose him to possible charges of perjury. Trump questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department had leaked his legal team's letter to the media.

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

In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

President Donald Trump says he didn't fire FBI Director James Comey over the Russian Federation investigation, despite previously citing that as the reason.

"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. "That would be going on for months", Giuliani said.

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"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

January 25, 2018 - Trump's lawyers release an overview touting an "unprecedented" level of cooperation with the Mueller investigation, including more than 20,000 pages handed over from the White House.

But President Trump has branded the investigation a "witch hunt". "I guess the question is, does the president believe the framers envisioned a system where the president could pardon himself - where the president could be above the law?" the journalist responded.

A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment. Mueller has already raised the possibility with Trump's lawyers, according to The Washington Post.

"I would have quickly picked someone else" to lead the Justice Department, Trump tweeted of Sessions, who recused himself from the probe previous year following reports of his meeting with the Russian ambassador.

On both fronts, they have attacked the credibility of a key witness in the inquiry, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey; complained about what they see as investigative failures; and contested the interpretation of significant facts.

"He could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired", they wrote. Dowd left the legal team in March, while Sekulow continues representing the President.

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