The President Will “Resist” a Subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller
- “It’s about time that it ends,”
Wednesday, President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that the President would “resist” a subpoena from Robert Mueller, as his attorneys rejected the special counsel latest’s interview offer and called for an end to the Russia investigation by 1 September.
“There’s no question that the President would resist any kind of an attempt to force him to testify,” the former New York City mayor told Jay Sekulow, also a member of President Trump’s personal legal team.
“So long as he is answering questions, and not submitting to a subpoena, then that is not consistent with what other Presidents have done.
“President Reagan was questioned in writing,” Mr. Giuliani explained. “President Clinton had them remove the subpoena before he negotiated a much narrower form of questioning.
“I’m not saying we’re going to do that,” he said.
Mr. Giuliani’s comments came after he and Mr. Sekulow responded to Mr.Mueller’s latest offer in writing that they had rejected the special counsel’s latest terms because they did not want President Trump answering questions on possible obstruction.
President Trump’s lawyers did not reject an interview outright, but included a narrowed counteroffer.
President Trump’s lawyers do not want him answering questions about whether he obstructed justice, referring to the sacking of FBI Director James Comey.
President Trump told the media last year he was planning to sack Mr. Comey before receiving the recommendation to do so from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
President has also repeatedly hammered the Moscow probe as “witch hunt” and has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 Election.
Mr. Giuliani has demanded Mr. Mueller’s investigation end by 1 September because “we do not want to run into the November elections.”
“It’s about time that it ends,” he said.
“I also think, and I hope the special counsel is as sensitive to it as we are, we do not want to run into the November elections.
“So, to back up from that, this should be over with by then.
“We have now given him an answer,”Mr. Giuliani continued. “Obviously, he should take a few days to consider it.
“But we should get this resolved.
“If there’s going to be an interview, let’s have it,” he demanded. “If there’s not going to be an interview, let him write his report.
“Honestly he has all the information that he needs.
“The interview will provide nothing in addition to what he already has,” Mr. Giuliani said. “He can write his report.”
The former NYC mayor also noted President Trump’s lawyers needed to move cautiously because the Russia inquiry involved not only personal but constitutional consequences for the President and for the nation.
“What we do here is going to be used as precedent, so we’ve got to be careful,” he told Mr. Sekulow.
Ultimately, President Trump will decide whether he will or will nor sit with Mr. Mueller.
“It’s his decision, both as an individual and as the President,” Giuliani said. “It’s his decision on how far he wants to go in giving up certain prerogatives.
“It’s his decision as to what the balance is going to be.
“If he weren’t the president, you and I both know this would be an easy decision: he just wouldn’t testify,” he said.
“People who are even subjects of investigations, though they are not the target, they almost never testify.
“Prosecutors have to make the decision without ever hearing from them,” Mr. Giuliani continued, “which is why it would not be so unusual for Mueller to make his decision without hearing from the President.
The Russia probe has higher stakes than similar inquiries, he explained.
“Our client is the President of the United States, and we are making sure he is protected, but he has to ultimately make the decision himself.
“We know he’s inclined to want to always explain,” he said, “but we have to explain to him what the consequences of that might be.”
Mr. Mueller’s prosecutors already know why President Trump made the decisions he did, that information ia included in the more than 1.4-M pgs of documents provided to them.
“There’s not a single thing they have said to us that they’re going to ask that he has not somewhere answered already.”
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