Mueller's Russian Federation probe costs over 16 mln dollars

Mueller's Russian Federation probe costs over 16 mln dollars

The possibility of a self-pardon appeared to be raised in a January 29 letter from Trump's lawyers to Mueller, published by the New York Times on Saturday, arguing that the president could not have obstructed the probe given the powers granted to him by the Constitution.

Mr Giuliani added Mr Trump "has no intention of pardoning himself", but the U.S. constitution, which gives a president the authority to issue pardons, "doesn't say he can't".

Mueller reportedly wishes to inquire about a number of topics, including Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey and his campaign's possible coordination with Russian Federation.

The Justice Department previously reported that about 6.7 million dollars were spent from the time Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017 to the end of September, according to a Bloomberg report. "I would do it under oath".

"Just as the President could not use otherwise lawful firing powers in exchange for a bribe without running afoul of federal bribery laws, he is not free to exempt himself from the application of the obstruction of justice laws", they added. But they described the misleading statement - which claimed the Trump Tower rendezvous was mainly about a "program about the adoption of Russian children" - as "short but accurate" and suggested that it would not be a crime for the president to deceive the public.

"When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?" he moaned in a Saturday tweet, shortly before the story was published online. Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media? Trump tweeted. "Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"

Mr Giuliani said a decision about an interview would not be made until after Mr 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.

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Mr Mueller has requested an interview with the president to determine whether he had criminal intent to obstruct the investigation into his associates' possible links to Russia's election interference.

The letter is here, along with annotations by such anti-Trump New York Times reporters as Maggie Haberman. "Constitutionally and as a matter of law, there is no basis for any investigation to include the conduct of the president of the United States".

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.

Although Giuliani was not on the legal team at the time, he confirmed the contents of the letter to ABC News. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction.

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's current lawyers, told the Times the team was preparing for the possibility.

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and then-Trump attorney John Dowd challenged Mueller to prove there were questions remaining that had not already been answered in the avalanche of documents the White House and the Trump transition team provided to Mueller.

He has increasingly dug into evidence of alleged money laundering, fraud and obstruction of justice inside Trump's inner circle.

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