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In 20 Page Letter, Trump Lawyers Tell Mueller POTUS Can't Obstruct Justice

In 20 Page Letter, Trump Lawyers Tell Mueller POTUS Can't Obstruct Justice

Trump's decision to dismiss the FBI director was an appropriate use of presidential power meant to exert oversight over the bureau as a result of its missteps in the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, they wrote.

If, for example, the president were to bribe or threaten witnesses, or just even encourage them to lie, that would be obstruction of justice, as I see it. Trump's lawyers' claim that this "would amount to obstructing himself" seems specious.

The president has also blasted the special counsel team, referring to investigators as "Angry Democrats".

A memo dated January 29, 2018, argues that the Constitution gives the president vast authority to, for instance, fire FBI Director James Comey, and even argues that the president can not obstruct justice by terminating an investigation.

Beyond that, his lawyers have repeatedly insisted that it's beyond dispute that a sitting president can not be criminally prosecuted. On Monday, the president tweeted that the appointment of a special counsel was "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL". Trump said in the tweet.

Most of these items pertain to matters that, in my view, indeed can not be obstruction of justice, given the president's powers.

We don't know what the law is on the intersection between the obstruction statutes and the president exercising his constitutional power to supervise an investigation in the Justice Department.

Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

"And in America, no one is above the law, including the president".

"A president can also order the termination of an investigation by the Justice Department or FBI at any time and for any reason", the memo reads.

"There was No Collusion with Russian Federation (except by the Democrats)", Trump tweeted shortly before the Times story was published. 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.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was questioned repeatedly Monday about whether the president is above the law, said no, he is not. "Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is tough".

There's some historical precedent for a court clash that could be instigated by the Trump investigation, but in many ways the arguments remain unsettled. It is unclear how that fight, should the case reach that point, would play out.

He also said that presidents have given testimony and produced documents often enough that "such interactions. can scarcely be thought a novelty".

If Trump does not consent to an interview, Mueller will have to decide whether to go forward with a historic grand jury subpoena. Such a move could theoretically end in a court defeat for Mueller, and would nearly certainly prolong the investigation.

Whether Trump may pardon himself is a matter of some debate.

The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to US campaign finance law violations.

Mr Trump also said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting the prison sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted of corruption charges.

"As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of "Justice" have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign?"

House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on CNN on Sunday that no president should pardon himself.

York said a greater cost is how much time is taken away from the executive branch of the government. "But they're taking them well past their logical extremes".


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