Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump suggests Robert Mueller is behind Russian Federation probe leaks

Trump suggests Robert Mueller is behind Russian Federation probe leaks

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.

"If Mueller tries to subpoena us, we're going to court", Giuliani told ABC News.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Mr 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.

Mr Trump has not been shy about using his pardon power.

Mr. Trump's lawyers fear that if he answers questions, either voluntarily or in front of a grand jury, he risks exposing himself to accusations of lying to investigators, a potential crime or impeachable offense.

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

President Trump referred to the total cost in a Friday morning tweet that seemed to inflate the total slightly, and once again labeled the probe a hoax.

This amounts to Trump's opinion, and is a matter of debate among constitutional scholars.

Sekulow and Dowd, who has since resigned from Trump's legal team, also talk about the priorities and perception of the presidency.

The special counsel's appointment has resulted in a flurry of activity over the previous year, including 75 criminal charges, five guilty pleas and one person has already been sentenced to 30 days in prison for lying to investigators.

Topics of Mueller's obstruction investigation include the firings of FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as Trump's reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation. Nixon, 1977 Also: "Trump 2018".

Trump's lawyers had argued in the January letter that the President could not have obstructed the probe given the powers granted to him by the Constitution, the Times report said.

Trump's legal team also argues that the president could not have committed obstruction because, they say, he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.

There is logic to the argument that Trump couldn't have obstructed justice by firing Comey, even if the questions haven't been fully resolved, said Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law.

The letter says "the President's actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction".

The president was not under investigation by the FBI. "Should have told me!"

Although Giuliani was not on the legal team at the time, he confirmed the contents of the letter to ABC News.

Just days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein announced that grounds existed to appoint a special counsel.

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