An attorney for President Trump stressed Sunday that the president's legal team would contest any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury during the special counsel's Russian Federation probe but downplayed the idea that Mr. Trump could pardon himself. If Mr. Trump refuses to be questioned, Mr. Mueller will have to weigh their arguments while deciding whether to press ahead with a historic grand jury subpoena.
US President Donald Trump's lawyers have composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that Mr Trump can not be forced to testify in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
They also argue that Trump can not be accused of obstructing justice because he has the constitutional power to end the investigation led by the Justice Department.
It was unclear what exactly prompted Trump's accusation, though Trump's attorneys have reportedly been in contact with Mueller's team.
"Every action that the president took was taken with full constitutional authority pursuant to Article II of the United States Constitution", they wrote of the part of the Constitution that created the executive branch.
"The president's prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview", Trump's attorneys write. Trump tweeted. "Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?" "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?" he asked.
Trump's lawyers argue that he can shut down an investigation or fire subordinates, regardless of his motivation.
On both fronts, they have attacked the credibility of a key witness in the inquiry, the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey; complained about what they see as investigative failures; and contested the interpretation of significant facts.
Giuliani told Fox News on May 12 that Mueller notified Trump's legal team two weeks prior that he will not indict the president.
It also asserts that, under the power of the Constitution, Trump could "if he wished, terminate the inquiry". 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. "And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story".
"Yet, no special counsel was appointed and no obstruction investigation was launched", he argued.