Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump's lawyer says will fight Russia probe subpoena

Trump's lawyer says will fight Russia probe subpoena

President Trump on Saturday questioned whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller or the Justice Department was "leaking" letters from his legal team to the "Fake News Media", again insisting there is "No Collusion" in the Russia "Witch Hunt Hoax".

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

He stressed, though, that Trump had done nothing wrong.

The acknowledgment was tucked away in the letter, which largely focused on defending Trump from a potential subpoena for testimony and asserted broad executive powers to avoid a high-stakes interview with Mueller.

As part of his investigation, Mueller is looking into the possibility the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow and that Trump subsequently tried to obstruct the probe.

"But look, if they can convince us that it will be brief, it would be to the point, there were five or six points they have to clarify, and with that, we can get this long nightmare for the American public over".

Trump's lawyers stated that "the Special Counsel's inquiry has been and remains a considerable burden for the President and his Office, has endangered the safety and security of our country, and has interfered with the President's ability to both govern domestically and conduct foreign affairs".

The misleading statement, issued in July 2017 to The New York Times, obfuscated the true nature of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, which was attended by Donald Trump Jr., then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is now a senior White House adviser, and a group of Kremlin-tied Russians.

At the same time, Mueller has managed to pierce Trump's inner circle.

As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Trump could "even exercise his power to pardon if so desired", they argued. Emmet Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process, is joining the team.

"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.

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.

Mueller is investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

The White House declined to comment, referring to outside counsel.

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The investigation was opened after the emails were hacked from Democratic officials' accounts and published; intelligence officials later formally attributed the breach to Russian Federation.

Schatz responded to the news hours later, tweeting: "When the President does it, that means it's not illegal". On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

"For every one of these things he did, we can write out five reasons why he did it", Giuliani said.

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