Trump lawyers sent special counsel letter arguing President can't obstruct Russian Federation probe
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 03, 2018,
Jun 03, 2018, 21:11
Democrats took to Twitter on Saturday to slam a letter by President Donald Trump's attorneys to special counsel Robert Mueller that he could not obstruct justice in the Russian Federation probe, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying the argument would only be valid in a dictatorship.
Lawyers for President Donald Trump claim it's legally impossible for him to obstruct justice due to his broad presidential authority, according to a letter sent to special counsel Robert Mueller that was obtained by The New York Times.
A court battle is likely if Mr. Trump's team argues that the president can't be forced to answer questions or be charged with obstruction of justice.
In the January 29 letter, Sekulow and Dowd - who has since resigned from Trump's legal team - attack the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice over their "corruption" and suggest the president would not agree to testify unless the special counsel's team can "demonstrate with specificity why it is likely that the subpoenaed materials [here, his testimony] contain important evidence and why this evidence, or equivalent evidence, is not practically available from another source".
And ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams and former New Jersey Governor and ABC News Contributor Chris Christie break down the latest in the Mueller investigation, and the president's use of his pardon power.
"In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President", the letter argues.
In a Saturday tweet, Trump asked whether the special counsel or Justice Department had leaked the letter to the media.
The President slammed the report Thursday, saying "At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP!" "So bad for our Country".
Fox News contributor Byron York on how much special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation has cost taxpayers.
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 the letter, the lawyers note the importance of the presidency itself.
Mr Giuliani has told The Associated Press that the President's legal team believes the special counsel does not have the authority to do so.
The letter outlines 16 topics Mueller's team intends to question Trump about, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
"One of the defenses that Rudy Giuliani has been talking about with the president himself is that complying with the Mueller investigation would take an enormous amount of the president's time", he said.
In recent weeks, they have also begun a public-relations campaign to discredit the investigation and in part to preempt a potentially damaging special counsel report that could prompt impeachment proceedings.