Giuliani says legal battle would ensue if Mueller subpoenas President Trump

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani

Larry Tribe dismissed it as a Nixonian assertion that the president is above the law. "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?" he asked.

A new confidential memo from the President Donald Trump's lawyers explains why he may not be forced to testify before the special counsel.

But it's not clear that Trump's lawyers understand those statutes, or the case, as well as they purport to.

Trump's lawyers said he did. They help underscore the legal battle now underway between the White House and the special counsel.

"Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time. but we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn't have been hired!"

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.

The letter says that even if Trump did order the termination of an investigation, "this could not constitute obstruction of justice".

The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment.

The president claimed Monday morning that he had the "absolute right" to pardon himself, and he followed up that baseless argument by questioning the constitutionality of the special counsel probe. "And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

Giuliani said Sunday that a decision about an interview would not be made until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, and he cast doubt that it would occur at all.

Trump later added that the "appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

Sessions' move infuriated the president, who once reportedly mused about why he couldn't have "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" do his bidding.

They've sent a 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller that asserts Trump can not be forced to testify in Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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Dowd felt so strongly that Comey lacked credibility as a witness that he also sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggesting that he needed to take a look at Comey's credibility before proceeding with an investigation of the President.

President Donald Trump, under pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election, probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so, his attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday.

"The president did not obstruct justice", the lawyers wrote with respect to Flynn.

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

Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, fired by Trump past year along with numerous other federal prosecutors, said it would be "outrageous" for a sitting president to pardon himself and that doing so would represent "almost self-executing impeachment".

Giuliani told Hannity, "If they're objective, we can work something out".

Ultimately, Trump's lawyers argued that the president should not be compelled to sit for an interview to assist Mueller's effort, arguing that the White House provided full access to documents and interviews with other senior staff that was sufficient to answer Mueller's questions about the Trump's actions.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment to the Times.

"For every one of these things he did, we can write out five reasons why he did it", Giuliani said.

Veselnitskaya did mention the Magnitsky Act that deals with Russian adoptions, but the focus of the meeting was Clinton, according to Trump's son.

Echoing Trump, Giuliani accused the special counsel of the leak of the letter, saying that Mueller should have put out a statement condemning it and that he should investigate his team.

"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. If Trump refuses that request, Mueller will have to decide whether to pursue a grand jury subpoena of the president. Dowd left the president's legal team in March.

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