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Mueller's Russian Federation probe costs over 16 mln dollars

Mueller's Russian Federation probe costs over 16 mln dollars

The legal maneuvering comes as Trump tries repeatedly to undercut the investigation.

"You have received all of the notes communications and testimony indicating that the President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr".

A memo dated January 29, 2018, argues that the Constitution gives the president vast authority to, for instance, fire FBI Director James Comey, and even argues that the president can not obstruct justice by terminating an investigation.

The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mueller from John Dowd, one of Trump's lawyers at the time who has since resigned from the legal team.

The attorneys also wrote that actions of the president - as the nation's chief law enforcement officer - "could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself".

Giuliani has said that the president's legal team believes the special counsel does not have the authority to do so.

As we said, Trump now claims the appointment of Mueller was unconstitutional.

Mr Trump also said he was considering pardoning lifestyle maven Martha Stewart and commuting the prison sentence of former IL governor Rod Blagojevich, convicted of corruption charges.

Trump apparently got heads-up that the missive was about to be made public.

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Mr Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to again rage against the FBI and Justice Department, saying he would not have hired Mr Manafort if the agencies had told him Mr Manafort was already under investigation.

Before the Times published its story on the letter, Trump accused Mueller and the DOJ of "leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media" and suggested authorities should be investigating Democrats instead.

President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani arrives with his guest Jennifer Leblanc at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump associates coordinated with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump took steps to shut down that investigation through actions including the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

"The federal obstruction laws, with their bar on corruptly-motivated actions, apply whether the President obstructs an investigation through firing officials leading it, shutting down the investigation, ordering the destruction of documents, or dangling or issuing pardons to induce witnesses to impede the investigation", they wrote. When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani told ABC's "This Week".

"When the President does it, that means it's not illegal", Schatz said in one post.

US President Donald Trump has asserted his presidential power and escalated his efforts to discredit the special counsel Russian Federation probe, declaring he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself.

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.


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