Trump took what appeared to be a pre-emptive swipe at the New York Times report shortly before it ran in a tweet that questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department leaked letters from his lawyers. "There are certain things the president can do that no one else can do", such as granting pardons and negotiating global treaties.
Russian Federation has denied any interference and Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion or obstruction. If Mr. Trump refuses to be questioned, Mr. Mueller will have to weigh their arguments while deciding whether to press ahead with a historic grand jury subpoena.
Trump apparently got heads-up that the missive was about to be made public.
I am anxious about the survival of our democracy.
The letter also argues that there is no need for the president to sit for an interview, as the lawyers assert the special counsel has all the information he could possibly need. 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.
"I mean, we're leaning toward not", Mr Giuliani told ABC.
Mueller's direct spending during the time period was about 4.5 million dollars. His team raised the possibility in March of subpoenaing the president, but it is not clear if it is still under active consideration.
"Such an action obviously has an impact on the investigation, but that is simply an effect of the president's lawful exercise of his constitutional power and can not constitute obstruction of justice".
Under the Constitution, a president can be impeached by the House of Representatives and then removed from office by the Senate.
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Baker has complete authority to do what she believes is the just thing to do based upon her evaluation of the case", Gardner said. She says he took a photo of her while she was partially nude and threatened to release it if she exposed their relationship.
"And in America, no one is above the law, including the president".
"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".
Additionally they spelled out intimately why the firing of James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and different key moments being scrutinised don't quantity to obstruction of justice.
Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian efforts to tip the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor. They help underscore the legal battle now underway between the White House and the special counsel.
In reality, the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 to determine if Trump campaign associates were coordinating with Russian Federation to tip the election.
Both Russia and Trump deny collusion, and the president has denied obstructing the probe. The resignation of the President's lead lawyer comes amid growing disagreements with Trump and increasing attacks by the President against the special counsel.
"For every one of these things he did, we can write out five reasons why he did it", Giuliani said. But in recent weeks, Mr. Giuliani has pointed to those memos as part of a broader argument that, by extension, Mr. Trump also can not be subpoenaed.
"They did nothing about it", Dowd told CNN at the time. "Should have told me!" Trump also brought up the cost of the investigation in a May 20 tweet that asked, "At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP!"