Giuliani said impeachment was the initial remedy for a president's illegal behavior ― even in the extreme hypothetical case of Trump having shot former FBI Director James Comey to end the Russian Federation investigation rather than just firing him. I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it. Could he self-pardon for "all prior federal crimes", including things like tax evasion, and continue doing so each morning for the rest of his tenure in office?
But, Giuliani said, Trump would face potentially significant risks if he fired Mueller and shut down the probe into his campaign's supposed ties to Russian Federation. That was false. A January 29 letter from Trump lawyer John M. Dowd stated that Trump Sr. dictated the statement.
If the president does not attend, Mr Mueller could try a grand jury subpoena but, as the letter above shows, the Trump team would try to block it.
"It would be an open question".
In an email, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, a frequent critic of Trump, called the letter "flatly wrong legally and indefensible constitutionally".
President Donald Trump's lawyers have made a bold assertion of presidential power. "In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", Giuliani argued.More news: Apple will start to struggle with digital addiction
Mueller's questions for Trump suggest that he is attempting to ascertain whether Trump obstructed justice by allegedly telling Comey that he "hoped" that Comey would let Flynn go.
They wrote that Trump disputes having told Comey to let go of the Flynn investigation, and that even if he had, the president could not have meant to obstruct justice because the White House had indications the Flynn investigation was not ongoing at the time.
"As you know, and as Mr. Comey himself has acknowledged, a President can fire an FBI Director at any time and for any reason", the attorneys wrote. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction.
Trump's team not only argues that he can pardon himself but also argues that he has unlimited power to investigate his enemies and end investigations into his friends. The "Justice Department is given a tremendous amount of independence".
"They will take it to court, and I believe the court's going to be on the president's side on this", Lewandowski said Sunday. What happened to the 'Russia collusion, ' though?
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the U.S. Coast Guard Change-of-Command ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018. Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued ever since. Could the president stop an investigation of himself, if not directly then by firing as many Justice Department officials as it takes until he finds one who will do it for him?