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Trump Lawyers: President Can't Impede Justice, Because He Is Justice - Page 3

The New York Times unveils their 20-page letter
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2018 3:30 PM CDT

  • The lawyers mention a statement dictated by Trump to the Times, about his senior aides meeting with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower. The Times calls the statement "misleading" for saying that Donald Trump Jr. attended the meeting "primarily" to talk about adoption laws. Trump's lawyers, however, call Trump's statement "short but accurate." They also say it's not illegal to mislead reporters.
  • Trump's comment to NBC reporter Lester Holt about firing Comey over "this Russia thing" is blown out of proportion, per Trump's lawyers. The full interview, they say, clarifies that "he was willing, even expecting, to let the investigation take more time, though he thinks it is ridiculous, because he believes that the American people deserve to have a competent leader of the FBI."
  • Trump's lawyers also argue that Mueller's questioning, by subpoena or otherwise, would impede the president's job. "The president’s prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview," they write. "Having him testify demeans the office of the president before the world."
  • A Trump tweet Saturday touched on his lawyers' leaked letter. It reads in part, "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country. Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media? Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"
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