Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Trump lawyers' letter to Mueller challenges subpoena

Trump lawyers' letter to Mueller challenges subpoena

The president's legal team has made clear that it will combat any effort to force the president to give evidence in front of a grand jury.

May 16, 2018 - Giuliani tells CNN that "after some battling", Mueller's team acknowledged to Trump's lawyers that they can not indict him as a sitting President. Should Mueller seek to compel Trump's testimony with a subpoena, the arguments advanced in the letter could ultimately form the basis of a courtroom battle that would probably reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

A new confidential memo from the President Donald Trump's lawyers explains why he may not be forced to testify before the special counsel. Mueller has requested an interview with the president to determine whether he had criminal intent to obstruct the investigation into his associates' possible links to Russia's election interference.

On Twitter earlier Saturday, Trump said there was no collusion with Russian Federation and asked when the special counsel investigation, which he called a "very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax", would conclude.

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

The special counsel has racked up almost $10 million in expenditures during the latest six-month accounting period, bringing the total cost of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign almost $17 million.

The first, dated last June, argued there was "no statutory or constitutional basis" for an obstruction of justice charge against Mr Trump.

The letter despatched in January from Mr Trump's authorized staff to Robert Mueller, the particular counsel main the Russian Federation investigation, was obtained by The New York Instances.

Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week" program, "It would be an open question".

Editor's Note: For more about the special counsel and how the office operates, please see FactCheck.org's "Special Counsel Q&A'". On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

The president is formally in charge of the investigation, but he is not the investigation, nor is he justice.

The lawyers also argued the subpoena would be "a considerable burden for the President and his Office", and that "having him testify demeans the Office of the President before the world".

The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Trump pardoning himself.

FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani arrives at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018.

The lawyers stated that Trump also can not be compelled to testify in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, arguing that Muller has everything he needs in the "voluminous testimony and documentation" already provided.

Trump's team has asked for a briefing about the informant, but Giuliani said Sunday that the president would not order the Justice Department to comply because it would negatively affect public opinion. "If there is collusion with a guy 50 rungs down, if it did, I don't know what that means", he added.

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