Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump Will Agree to Interview If Mueller Winds Down Investigation

Trump Will Agree to Interview If Mueller Winds Down Investigation

"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" "I think Jay was wrong, I mean, this is - this is the reason you don't let the president testify".

The FBI tapped an informant to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election; as part of that effort, the informant, a retired American professor and foreign policy expert for Republican presidents, reportedly talked to some of Trump's campaign advisers who had ties to Russia.

"The law of the United States is that the president of the United States has unlimited, unreviewable power to pardon people from federal crimes even before they are convicted", he said. "They are trying to invent theories of obstruction of justice", Giuliani told a business conference in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. "Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is tough".

The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mueller from John Dowd, a Trump lawyer who has since resigned from the legal team.

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.

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.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump might have that authority but exercising it would be "unthinkable".

Among the list of leaked questions that the Mueller team wants to ask Trump in a sit-down interview are inquiries about his motivations for firing former FBI Director James Comey a year ago.

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Giuliani said Kim quickly changed his position, expressed willingness to discuss denuclearization and asked to have the meeting again.

President Donald Trump had tweeted earlier that he has the "absolute right to PARDON" himself.

Schumer said during opening remarks Tuesday in the Senate that Trump's morning tweet against Attorney General Jeff Sessions "is just more evidence that the president may have something to hide". An attorney for President Donald Trump is playing down the possibility that Trump would try to - if it came to that.

"That is no [questioning] under oath, only a Q&A, and then we get the questions in advance, and they write the report two weeks before", Giuliani said.

"It seems like it would be a completely wrong assumption". The president's lawyers fear an interview could lead to Trump inadvertently, and they say innocently, committing perjury. "It violates constitutional prohibitions on self-dealing, and if you use the pardon power to eviscerate checks on the presidency, that's also an abuse of the pardon power", Gillian Metzger, a constitutional-law scholar at Columbia University told the daily.

Asked by a reporter Wednesday if Trump does have that power, Ryan replied that he doesn't know the "technical answer" to the question.

"I would not go that far", he said.

In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

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