The Russia investigation, spearheaded by the special counsel Robert Mueller, has two broad threads as it relates to Trump: whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to help tilt the 2016 United States election in his favor, and whether Trump later sought to obstruct justice when he learned of the investigation's existence after taking office.
Trump's brash assertion of presidential power...contends that the president can not illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russia's election meddling because the Constitution empowers him to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon".
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 questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department had leaked his legal team's letter to the media.
In another eye-opening section of the letter, Trump's lawyers contend that the president's interview with NBC's Lester Holt two days after he fired Comey has been "widely misreported and mischaracterized". "In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President".
"After reviewing the list of topics you presented, it is abundantly clear. that all of the answers to your inquiries are contained in the exhibits and testimony that have already been voluntarily provided to you. all of which clearly show that there was no collusion with Russian Federation, and that no FBI investigation was or even could have been obstructed".Читайте также: Car drives onto field during baseball game, killing 1
A court battle is likely if Trump's team argues that the president can't be forced to answer questions or be charged with obstruction of justice. "We remind you of these facts simply because 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".
Sessions' move infuriated the president, who once reportedly mused about why he couldn't have "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" do his bidding. "Having him testify demeans the Office of the President before the world", they wrote. Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued ever since.
The lawyers do admit in the letter that Trump "dictated" the statement his son, Donald Trump Jr., initially gave to explain his shady 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney who supposedly had dirt on Clinton.
It also serves as a reminder that in weighing an obstruction case, Mueller is reviewing actions and conversations involving senior White House officials, including the president, the vice president, and the White House counsel.
Mueller has been trying to interview Trump for months - and he told Dowd in March that he might subpoena the president.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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