In secret memo, Trump lawyers talk up presidential powers

In secret memo, Trump lawyers talk up presidential powers

President Donald Trump's lawyers composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he can not be forced to testify in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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 New York Times said.

Likewise, in a tweet sent shortly before the New York Times story was posted online, Trump questioned whether Mueller's team might have been responsible for the leak.

Mueller's team has told the President's lawyers that they think they have the power to issue Trump a subpoena and compel his testimony, but they have not yet sought to go down that route. Trump had previously signalled that he would be willing to sit for an interview, but his legal team, including head lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have privately and publicly expressed concern that the president could risk charges of perjury. When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?

Mr Trump appeared to pre-empt publication of the revelations in a string of tweets criticising the Russian Federation investigation on Saturday.

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Russian Federation has denied any interference and Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion or obstruction of justice.

"The President's prime function as the Chief Executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview". Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued since.

If Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to forge forward with a historic grand jury subpoena. 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.

Even with the additional costs, the official figure is significantly less than what Trump has said the Mueller inquiry is costing taxpayers. Trump tweeted earlier on Saturday.

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