Giuliani adamant Trump would fight Mueller subpoena to testify in Russian Federation probe

Casey Dawson
June 3, 2018

Mueller will have to decide whether to go ahead with a historic grand jury subpoena of a sitting USA president.

Giuliani's warning arrived just hours after The New York Times revealed that President Trump lawyers sent special counsel Robert Mueller a 20-page letter back in January arguing that he couldn't obstruct justice.

The rest reflects spending by Justice Department components in support of his investigation, which includes whether President Donald Trump or anyone close to him colluded with Russians.

President Trump's lawyers believe that he is above the law when it comes to obstruction of justice, per a bombshell new report in the New York Times. 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. "So bad for our Country", Trump tweeted after the investigation passed its one-year mark last month. He added: "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?"

Before the Times published its story on the letter, Trump accused Mueller and the DOJ of "leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media" and suggested authorities should be investigating Democrats instead.

Trump was poised to tap diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, to represent him in the Russian Federation probe, but the couple withdrew from consideration in March, citing conflicts of interest because Toensing represents another witness in the Russian Federation probe.

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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.

The Mueller's investigation began in May past year after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who at the time was examining Moscow's influence on the ballot.

As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Trump could "even exercise his power to pardon if so desired", they argued.

Mr. Trump's team has asked for a briefing about the informant, but Giuliani said Sunday that the president would not order the Justice Department to comply because it would negatively affect public opinion. Guilty pleas, unrelated to "collusion", have been secured from Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and others.

"One of the defenses that Rudy Giuliani has been talking about with the president himself is that complying with the Mueller investigation would take an enormous amount of the president's time", he said. They help underscore the legal battle now underway between the White House and the special counsel.

The president on Saturday afternoon addressed the letter directly on Twitter.

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