Giuliani says legal battle would ensue if Mueller subpoenas President Trump

Wednesday, 06 Jun, 2018

Giuliani himself has raised fears that Trump could be "walking into a trap" by consenting to be interviewed by Mueller's team.

The majority of funds spent by Mueller in the latest period, about 2.7 million dollars, went for personnel, with the rest going to travel, office space and contracting services, the Justice Department said. By law, Mueller is barred from considering political affiliation when hiring for career posts inside the Justice Department.

Sarah Sanders was repeatedly asked if the President believes he is above the law.

On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

The President has long labelled the investigation a "witch hunt" that has strayed far from its original mandate.

Another $5.4 million was reported as indirect costs for the work of Justice officials who have assisted the investigation but are not under Mueller's direct control. Investigators also expressed interest in learning about the President's outreach to intelligence officials about the Russian Federation probe.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and then-Trump attorney John Dowd challenged Mueller to prove there were questions remaining that had not already been answered in the avalanche of documents the White House and the Trump transition team provided to Mueller.

The second, dated January this year, says that Mr Trump cannot be forced to testify while arguing that he could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.

Flynn is one of three former Trump campaign associates to reach a plea agreement and cooperate with Mueller's investigation, while Manafort is presently fighting charges against him.

President Donald Trump reportedly pressed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rethink recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe at least four times. This came as a surprise to me and to the president.

The more recent letter, dated January 29, was written by two of the president's lawyers at the time, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow and responded to a request to interview the president.

In arguing that Trump has the power to end an investigation or pardon people, his lawyers left open the possibility that they were referring only to a probe into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and not necessarily an investigation of the president, the Times said.

"If you're trying to apply the obstruction statutes to something the president has the power to do, then I don't think the statute applies", he added.

The Times had no comment on Hannity or the president, a spokeswoman said.

That determination was based in part on Morrison's role being restricted to "limited duties, restricted primarily to investigation and, if appropriate, prosecution for certain federal crimes' and the fact that she could be removed by the attorney general".

"It's a great slogan, but the law doesn't treat the president equal in all respects", Blackman said.

But Clinton's decision varied in many ways. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction. It also argues that the President could not have obstructed justice in the Russian Federation probe, according to The New York Times.

The president's legal team has made clear that it will combat any effort to force the president to give evidence in front of a grand jury. It's a move that some critics might view as the legal case for ending the Mueller investigation.

The past several days have also spurred arguments about the scope of the president's pardon power. That same day, Trump says he is "looking forward" to the interview. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Following the announcement, Trump told reporters he was considering a pardon for homestyle maven Martha Stewart and also commuting disgraced former IL governor Rod Blagojevich's sentence.

"The question isn't if the president has done anything wrong".

Can a president pardon himself? "But they're taking them well past their logical extremes".