Two of President Trump's lawyers told Special Counsel Robert Mueller to back off from his demand for an interview with their client - arguing that the president has a constitutional right to "terminate the inquiry" any time he wishes. A person familiar with the letter confirmed its authenticity. The never-before-seen memo makes a broad case for the executive autonomy of the commander-in-chief, as the president's lawyers argue a sitting president can not be subpoenaed.
Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky suggested arguing Mr Trump has absolute power sets a risky precedent.
"The President's prime function as the Chief Executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview".
The question of whether the president will testify has been scrutinized for months. Should Mueller issue a subpoena, Giuliani said, "we're going to court".
"I can't be confident", Giuliani replied.
The letters, written from the President's lawyers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, argued that he shouldn't have to submit himself to an investigation because his position grants him absolute authority over all investigations. Mueller has already raised the possibility with Trump's lawyers, according to The Washington Post. The subpoena would then be contested. "Mueller is creating his own problems", Giuliani said. Trump tweeted earlier on Saturday.
"We have maintained a consistent legal argument throughout the many months of this inquiry".
Just days after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein announced that grounds existed to appoint a special counsel.
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Trump took what appeared to be a pre-emptive swipe at the New York Times report shortly before it ran in a tweet that questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department leaked letters from his lawyers.
Trump responded to the news on Saturday, suggesting that people involved in the investigation had leaked the letter to the media.
A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment.
"I would have quickly picked someone else" to lead the Justice Department, Trump tweeted of Sessions, who recused himself from the probe a year ago following reports of his meeting with the Russian ambassador.
Chief among those was former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, who in December pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his pre-inaugural contacts with Russian Federation ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
While the premise of the Trump Tower meeting was for the Russians to deliver damaging information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the statement initially put out in Trump Jr.'s name said the participants "primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children" and omitted mention of Clinton.
Topics of Mueller's obstruction investigation include the firings of both Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as well Trump's reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.
It argued that Mr Trump is the nation's "chief regulation enforcement officer" and due to this fact claims of obstructing justice "would quantity to him obstructing himself".