Trump lawyers reportedly warned Mueller to back off

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The letter, which was sent in January and published Saturday in The New York Times, lays out an aggressive and novel argument that Trump did not obstruct justice because a president can not obstruct justice. "Mueller is creating his own problems", Giuliani said. Mr. Mueller, the president's attorneys argued, needs to prove that the president is the only person who can give him the information he seeks and that he has exhausted all other avenues for getting it.

He stressed, though, that Trump had done nothing wrong. Mueller's office is also looking into possible links between President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump has already proved willing to break from protocol through granting pardons outside the Justice Department's pardon attorney, which historically reviews clemency petitions and makes recommendations on worthy candidates.

I am anxious about the survival of our democracy. "But look, if they can convince us that it will be brief, it would be to the point, there were five or six points they have to clarify, and with that, we can get this - this long nightmare for the - for the American public over".

The lawyers also claimed they have been so forthcoming in response to the special counsel's requests for documents and interviews with other witnesses that it would be unnecessary to interview the president.

The New York Times and the Washington Post view this statement as a breathtaking assertion of presidential authority.

"I mean, we're leaning toward not", Mr Giuliani told ABC.

"Even assuming, arguendo, that the President did order the termination of an investigation (and the President, along with Mr. Comey in his testimony and in his actions, have made it clear that he did not) this could not constitute obstruction of justice", they claim.

Under the Constitution, a president can be impeached by the House of Representatives and then removed from office by the Senate.

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

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The lawyers stated that Trump also can not be compelled to testify in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, arguing that Muller has everything he needs in the "voluminous testimony and documentation" already provided.

The cost of the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is now near $17 million, according to a new accounting filed Thursday by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Giuliani's comments come as the White House sharpens its legal and political defenses against the special counsel Russian Federation probe.

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Trump addressed the letter in a tweet by once again stating, "There was No Collusion with Russian Federation".

A 1974 opinion from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Opinion maintains that presidents can not pardon themselves "under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case", though that question has never been tested before the country's highest court. On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL".

FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani arrives at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018.

"Paul Manafort came into the campaign very late and was with us for a short period of time. but we should have been told that Comey and the boys were doing a number on him, and he wouldn't have been hired!" "Should have told me!"

March 5, 2018 - Trump's lawyers meet again with Mueller, who argues that Trump needs to be questioned directly because only he can reveal what his intent was regarding certain actions in office.