Trump lawyers' letter challenges subpoena

Trump lawyers' letter challenges subpoena

The lawyers have for months waged a quiet campaign to keep Special Counsel Robert Mueller from trying to force Trump to answer questions about whether he obstructed justice in the Russian Federation investigation. They have been trying to sway Mueller away from seeking a subpoena to force Trump to testify before a grand jury.

President Donald Trump's lawyers have made a bold assertion of presidential power.

They also argued that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations. According to one source, Trump reviewed the letter and approved it.

In a Saturday tweet, Trump asked whether the special counsel or Justice Department had leaked the letter to the media. He added: "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?"

A copy of the letter, which was hand-delivered to the special counsel's office in January, was obtained by The New York Times. "Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"

Trump tweeted about the letter ahead of the impending report, repeating the big lie that it was the Democrats who were colluding with Russian Federation ahead of the election, and asking, "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?"

The memo is an assertion of presidential power and another front on which Trump's lawyers have argued that he can not be subpoenaed.

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Giuliani told Fox News on May 12 that Mueller notified Trump's legal team two weeks prior that he will not indict the president.

The Mueller's investigation began in May previous year after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who at the time was examining Moscow's influence on the ballot. It could also leave open a pardon for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn or, himself if charged.

One legal expert consulted by the Times said, "it is not clear whether statutes criminalizing obstruction of justice apply to the president and amount to another legal limit on how he may wield his powers".

"They will take it to court, and I believe the court's going to be on the president's side on this", Lewandowski said Sunday.

The letter also questions why there wasn't a special counsel investigation into President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton amid the email server debacle.

Politico said the total tab for 21 completed independent counsel and special counsel investigations dating back to the Carter administration was $231 million, or $339 million when adjusted for inflation.

"Yet, no special counsel was appointed and no obstruction investigation was launched", he argued.

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