Trump's lawyer says will fight Russian Federation probe subpoena

Posted June 06, 2018

Giuliani says they would contest it if Mueller tried. Although Giuliani was not on the legal team at the time of the letter, he confirmed the contents of the letter to ABC News and said it was delivered to the special counsel in January.

The inclusion of pardoning and ending the probe could serve as both a defense that if Trump was indeed obstructing the investigation, he would have ended it long ago. 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.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018.

Trump's lawyers say that the investigation has interfered with the president's "ability to both govern domestically and conduct foreign affairs", adding "This encumbrance has been only compounded by the astounding public revelations about the corruption within the FBI and Department of Justice which appears to have let to the alleged Russian Federation collusion investigation and the establishment of the Office of Special Counsel in the first place".

Last May, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert S. Mueller III was appointed a special counsel to investigate the Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

The two argued that "no President has ever faced charges of obstruction merely for exercising his constitutional authority" and that a President can "order the termination" of a Justice Department or FBI investigation "at any time and for any reason".

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The letter, which was sent in January and published Saturday in The New York Times, lays out an aggressive and novel argument that Trump did not obstruct justice because a president can not obstruct justice.

"The department will continue to dedicate and leverage resources to maintain strong program and financial management controls", the DOJ said in the report.

Giuliani also said the president's legal team planned to challenge any potential subpoena from Mueller's office as harassment or as unnecessary because the White House has turned over more than a million documents and several witnesses.

"And if this were true, you'd think this conservative Republican-controlled Department of Justice would revoke or decline to utilize the Special Counsel regulations". "Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world".

April 30, 2018 - The New York Times reports on at least four dozen questions that Mueller's team wants to ask Trump.

The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to US campaign finance law violations. Because of the authority the Constitution gives him, it is impossible for him to obstruct justice by shutting down a case or firing a subordinate, no matter his motivation, they said. (Emphasis added) It's not clear what, if anything, Trump's lawyers mean by "here". Mueller also tells Trump's team that the President is a subject of the probe, according to The Washington Post.