Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump’s lawyers tell Russiagate prober he can’t be forced to answer questions

Trump’s lawyers tell Russiagate prober he can’t be forced to answer questions

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told "Fox News Sunday" that President Trump's legal team will "take it to court" if Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenas him as part of the Russian Federation probe. A person familiar with the letter confirmed its authenticity.

The Mueller's investigation began in May past year after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who at the time was examining Moscow's influence on the ballot.

"Every action that the president took was taken with full constitutional authority pursuant to Article II of the United States Constitution", the letter states.

"The President's prime function as the Chief Executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview". "Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world". In April, Trump hired former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors to join his legal team.

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. If Trump refuses that request, Mueller will have to decide whether to pursue a grand jury subpoena of the president. Giuliani, at first, expressed confidence that he could resolve the matter within weeks. Emmet T. Flood, the White House lawyer for the special counsel investigation, is preparing for that possibility, according to the president's lead lawyer in the case, Rudy Giuliani.

Lawyers Jay Sekulow and John Dowd, who wrote the letter, say Mueller already has the information he needs from thousands of documents they provided, as well as from other testimony.

The meter is running on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the US election. The subpoena would then be contested.

And the letter also argues that the news media has not fully reported what is considered a damning statement by Trump to NBC anchor Lester Holt on why he fired Comey.

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It added that these measures are estimated to save consumers up to £34m a year. It feels the "need to intervene to protect financially vulnerable customers".

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

Trump again claimed Saturday that his campaign did not collude with Moscow and tweeted: "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?"

Trump weighed in on Saturday on Twitter, asking, "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?"

In reality, the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 to determine if Trump campaign associates were coordinating with Russian Federation to tip the election.

"The president clearly respects the rule of law in this country", he said.

Trump's lawyers also argued that the president could not have obstructed justice by firing Comey several months later. And I think they've lost that power.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

But it's not clear that Trump's lawyers understand those statutes, or the case, as well as they purport to. Dowd left the president's legal team in March.

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