Giuliani: Trump team would try to avert subpoena

Giuliani: Trump team would try to avert subpoena

The special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election reportedly totaled almost $10 million in expenses over the last six months, and President Donald Trump seized on the probe's cost in an early Friday morning tweet.

They also argue that Trump could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.

Earlier, The New York Times published a confidential 20-page letter the American president's legal team sent to Mueller in January, along with another sent in June 2017.

As America's chief law enforcement officer, Trump could "even exercise his power to pardon if so desired", they argued.

"I think you're gonna have a very positive result in the end, not from one meeting", Trump said.

"After reviewing the list of topics you presented, it is abundantly clear. that all of the answers to your inquiries are contained in the exhibits and testimony that have already been voluntarily provided to you. all of which clearly show that there was no collusion with Russian Federation, and that no FBI investigation was or even could have been obstructed".

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During this period, Mueller netted five guilty pleas and 17 indictments of people and companies as part of his examination of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election, and whether the Kremlin coordinated its efforts with President Donald Trump's campaign.

Mueller has requested an interview with Trump, but while the president has said he would be willing to sit down with the special counsel, his legal team has advised against it. Trump tweeted 40 minutes before the New York Times broke the news, questioning whether Mueller's team or the Department of Justice was responsible for leaking the letter.

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 made a decision to fight the subpoena.

Russian Federation has denied any interference and Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion or obstruction. Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued ever since. Our legal team would not disclose internal communications with the office of Special Counsel. "Mueller is creating his own problems", Giuliani said.

He said the investigation was "so bad for our country" and asked: "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?"

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