Giuliani Says Trump Could End Russia Probe, Pardon Himself

"When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country' said Donald Trump

"This memo is a polite way of taking 20 pages to say, 'He's not coming in without a subpoena, and even then, you're in for a protracted fight, '" Frenkel said.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't", Giuliani said.

"A president could not be prosecuted for murder?"

The lawyers also made the technical argument that an FBI investigation, unlike a grand jury investigation, did not count under the law as a "proceeding" that could be obstructed. "It is self-evidently wrong", Eisen said, according to MediaIte. "No President has ever faced charges of obstruction merely for exercising his constitutional authority". "The foundation of America is that no person is above the law", he said. The media has abysmally misreported that the Supreme Court has allowed private civil suits against a president for personal conduct before he was president, and also to produce tape recordings, but never to answer questions under oath against his will. In connection with this legal argument, the letter seems to argue several fallback positions, although they are presented in ways I found a bit hard to follow.

In the letter penned by Trump lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, it was argued that President has the power to "order the termination of an investigation by the Justice Department or FBI at any time and for any reason". His team raised the possibility in March of subpoenaing the president, but it is not clear if it is still under active consideration.

"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani added.

As part of his investigation, Mueller is looking into the possibility the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and that Trump subsequently tried to obstruct the probe.

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Trump's legal team has long pushed the special counsel to narrow the scope of its interview.

The former New York City mayor is Trump's lead attorney in the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "This is pure harassment, engineered by the Democrats".

The lawyers conclude the letter by offering to answer questions from Mueller in written form.

He added: "Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time (he represented Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole & many others over the years), but we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn't have been hired!" The former Republican mayor of New York City was referencing former FBI Director James Comey's announcement he was reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server just days before the November 2016 elections.

"Well, of course it would be appropriate to initiate a prosecution", he said. I spent a moment wondering, but in the end I think they didn't mean this the way it sounds. Trump made a decision to let Mueller's probe go forward for the sake of transparency, the lawyers say. "Should have told me!"

Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies.

His comment suggested that Trump's lawyers were beginning to persuade the president of the dangers involved. In that memo, the lawyers claimed that not only was Trump immune from indictment for obstructing the Russian Federation investigation, but that he, himself, is the lead investigator. The newspaper published both letters in full on Saturday.

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