Chuck Schumer, Dems Hit Back at Trump Lawyers' Letter

Chuck Schumer, Dems Hit Back at Trump Lawyers' Letter

Chuck Schumer, Dems Hit Back at Trump Lawyers' Letter

Rudy Giuliani, the public face of Trump's legal team, said this week the president would not meet with the special counsel if the Federal Bureau of Investigation allowed his lawyers to see "all the documents" related to investigators' use of an informant in the early days of the Russian Federation probe, which Trump has dubbed "Spygate".

"The president's prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview", they wrote.

Trump apparently got heads-up that the missive was about to be made public.

Giuliani told Fox News Thursday that Mueller would have to meet two conditions for an interview to take place: provide access to the "spygate" files as well as the memo penned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein outlining the scope of Mueller's authority in the special counsel probe.

Giuliani told ABC it is an "open question" whether Trump would sit for an interview with Mueller but that the president's lawyers were leaning against having him testify. Giuliani, at first, expressed confidence that he could resolve the matter within weeks.

During this period, Mueller netted five guilty pleas and 17 indictments of people and companies as part of his examination of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election, and whether the Kremlin coordinated its efforts with President Donald Trump's campaign.

The letter also argues that Mueller cannot force the president to answer questions on whether or not he obstructed justice because he could not possibly have done so. The subpoena would then be contested.

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

The president also tweeted on Saturday that the US must be treated "fairly" in trade.

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"We have maintained a consistent legal argument throughout the many months of this inquiry".

March 12, 2018 - In yet another meeting, the special counsel team goes into further detail about possible interview topics.

Trump himself commented on the issues on Twitter, asking: "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?"

It's high time for Senate Majority Leader McConnell to put country before party and support the bipartisan legislation to protect the Mueller investigation.

Trump said in early May that he would "love to" speak with Mueller "because we've done nothing wrong", but said his lawyers were advising him not to do so.

Comey's firing has reportedly been a key element of Mueller's probe into obstruction of justice, but in the letter released Saturday, Trump's lawyers argue his exchange with Holt was "misreported and mischaracterized".

Mr Trump has addressed the controversy over the letter, once again likening the investigation to a "witch hunt". On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

But it's not clear that Trump's lawyers understand those statutes, or the case, as well as they purport to.

He said the president's legal team has not discussed that option, which many observers believe could plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis.

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