Trump says Mueller leaking documents to press on goal

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Donald Trump took to Twitter on Saturday, suggesting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who oversees the probe, is QUOTE-deliberately leaking documents to the press.

A new government report released late Thursday shows the Justice Department has spent more than $17 million on its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election since the appointment one year ago of special counsel Robert Mueller.

A court battle is likely if Mr. Trump's team argues that the president can't be forced to answer questions or be charged with obstruction of justice.

Though the letter predates Giuliani's involvement with Trump's legal team, the president's longtime lawyer verified its contents to ABC News, adding that the legal strategy the letter outlines remains to be upheld.

Both Sekulow and Sanders' claims, according to the letter published Saturday by the Times, are lies. Trump questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department had leaked his legal team's letter to the media. Trump, for his part, has a few times lambasted Mueller's investigation, calling it "witch hunt". Trump went on to say that authorities should instead be investigating what he called Democrats' corruption.

Topics of Mr Mueller's obstruction investigation include the firings of both former FBI director James Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, as well Mr Trump's reaction to Attorney-General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

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The 20-page letter to Mueller contends that the president can not illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russian election meddling because the Constitution empowers him to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon". The letter lists 16 subject areas Mueller's team meant to question Trump about, including his firing of FBI Director James Comey.

As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Trump could "even exercise his power to pardon if so desired", they argued. Guilty pleas, unrelated to "collusion", have been secured from Trump foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and others.

Kasowitz also said an interview with NBC's Lester Holt was taken out of context when Trump said, "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it".

"The president clearly respects the rule of law in this country", he said. "This is a completely tainted investigation".

"Yet, no special counsel was appointed and no obstruction investigation was launched", he argued.

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