President Donald Trump is calling the special counsel Russian Federation probe "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election spent US$4.5 million (3.39 million pounds) between October previous year and March 2018, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.
Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in television interviews Sunday, suggested Trump might have that authority to pardon himself but would be unwise to use it. "And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".
The president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani threatened a authorized battle with particular counsel Robert Mueller if he makes an attempt to subpoena Donald Trump.
"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani told ABC's "This Week". "There are certain things the president can do that no one else can do", such as granting pardons and negotiating global treaties.
Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian efforts to tip the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favour.
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Giuliani said Sunday that a decision about an interview would not be made until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, and he cast doubt that it would occur at all.
And his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News earlier this month that Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly state that he "wasn't a target" of the Russian Federation investigation.
Sekulow and Dowd expressed their displeasure at the "encumbrance" the investigation has subjected Trump to, writing, "the special counsel's inquiry has been and remains a considerable burden for the president and his office, has endangered the safety and security of our country, and has interfered with the president's ability to both govern domestically and conduct foreign affairs". In the letter, President Trump's attorneys noted the "unprecedented access and voluntary cooperation in the collection of all documents requested from the White House, the Donald J. Trump For President Inc., and individual witnesses".
If the president does not consent to an interview with the special counsel and Mueller does subpoena him, the interpretation by Trump's lawyers of broad executive powers would likely be tested in court if they chose to fight the subpoena.
The Times noted that Trump's lawyers are anxious that submitting to questioning under oath would expose the president to charges of lying, a possible crime for which he could be impeached. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction. It was a sales job; the special counsel's office wanted the interview.
According to the Code of Federal Regulations, there are grounds to appoint a special counsel if an investigation into a matter "would present a conflict of interest for the Department [of Justice] or other extraordinary circumstances' and in cases when it "would be in the public interest' to have an outside counsel".
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His investigation has already led to charges for four of Mr Trump's campaign associates, although none were directly related to any misconduct by the presidential campaign. "No Collusion, except by the Democrats!" However, separate reports have cast doubt on that assertion.
"For every one of these things he did, we can write out five reasons why he did it", Giuliani said.
"This letter will address the recent request by our office for an interview with the president", the letter began.
He said the story was "clearly a leak by the special prosecutor's office".
Trump, who was spending a rainy Washington weekend at Camp David, also unleashed a new attack on the Justice Department, which he has repeatedly painted as corrupt and biased against him.
In addition, other Justice Department "components" spent US$5.476 million on activities supporting the investigation, the department said in a published report. "Should have told me!"
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He has increasingly dug into evidence of alleged money laundering, fraud and obstruction of justice inside Trump's inner circle.