An attorney of U.S. President Donald Trump said that if the special counsel investigating Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election were to subpoena the president, it would set off a legal battle, according to an ABC News report on Saturday.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, told Fox News Trump fired Comey because Comey wouldn't state "that he wasn't a target" of the Russian Federation probe. Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?
The memo is an assertion of presidential power and another front on which Trump's lawyers have argued that he can not be subpoenaed.
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 had previously signalled that he would be willing to sit for an interview, but his legal team, including head lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have privately and publicly expressed concern that the president could risk charges of perjury.
"As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of "Justice" have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign?" Another is item #15: "The President's interaction with Attorney General Sessions as it relates to the appointment of Special Counsel". When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?
Trump, who was spending a rainy Washington weekend at Camp David, also unleashed a new attack on the Justice Department, which he has repeatedly painted as corrupt and biased against him.
The letter also provides new details about Trump's actions in dealing with the Russian Federation probe.
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Both Russia and Mr Trump deny collusion, and the President has denied obstructing the probe.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Giuliani said last month that he wanted any interview of Trump to be limited in scope and length, suggesting it to be only 2-1/2 hours and not under oath.
"Even assuming, arguendo, that the President did order the termination of an investigation (and the President, along with Mr. Comey in his testimony and in his actions, have made it clear that he did not) this could not constitute obstruction of justice", they claim.
After former NY mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani replaced Dowd as Trump's chief lawyer in March, he reopened negotiations with Mueller about forestalling that kind of public battle through a voluntary interview.
He stated the investigation was "so risky for our nation" and requested: "Is the Particular Counsel/Justice Division leaking my legal professionals letters to the Faux Information Media?" Sanders discussed, Trump's pardon powers, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, and other topics.
Former FBI Director Comey and his deputy, Andrew McCabe, testified - under oath - that there was "no effort to impede" the investigation. Those include whether a president can be forced to answer questions from prosecutors, whether it's possible for a commander in chief to criminally interfere in investigations and whether a president's broad pardon power can be deployed for corrupt purposes.