Fox News contributor Byron York on how much special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation has cost taxpayers. "When will this expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?" he wrote. So bad for our Country.
In an earlier tweet, Trump took what appeared to be a pre-emptive swipe at the Times report shortly before it ran that questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department leaked letters from his lawyers. "Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"
The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mr Mueller from John Dowd, one of Mr Trump's lawyers at the time who has since resigned from the legal team.
The letter outlines 16 topics Mueller's team intends to question Trump about, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Trump apparently got heads-up that the missive was about to be made public.
"The president's prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview", Trump's attorneys write. The letter says that even if Trump did order the termination of an investigation, "this could not constitute obstruction of justice".
In the letter to Mueller, Trump's lawyers had contended that the Constitution gives the president the power to "terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon", and that meant he could not illegally obstruct the investigation, the Times reported.
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"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.
In the June 23, 2017 letter from Marc Kasowitz, one of Trump's longtime personal attorneys, he makes numerous same points, arguing there was no basis for an obstruction charge and the president, as Comey said, has the power to fire anyone when he so chooses.
President Donald Trump pressed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rethink his recusal from the FBI's Russian Federation investigation at least four times, Axios reported this week.
But Clinton's decision varied in many ways. Should Mueller seek to compel Trump's testimony with a subpoena, the arguments advanced in the letter could ultimately form the basis of a courtroom battle that would probably reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Though he initially cited Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's email scandal as the reason for his firing, he reportedly told Russian officials that axing the "nut job" Federal Bureau of Investigation director had relieved "great pressure because of Russia".