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Rudy Giuliani: Trump won’t answer Mueller obstruction of justice questions

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  • President Donald Trump submitted written answers to
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe, but refused
    to answer questions on his behavior as president, his lawyer
    Rudy Giuliani said.
  • This round of questions didn’t include possible obstruction
    of justice, but Giuliani said Trump wouldn’t answer them anyway.
  • Giuliani seemed to say he’s found a way around
    answering some of Mueller’s more damning questions through
    executive privilege. 

President Donald Trump won’t answer Special Counsel Robert
Mueller’s questions on his possible obstruction of justice as
president, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani
told Axios on Wednesday
.

Trump submitted written answers to the Mueller’s Russia probe on
Tuesday but refused to answer questions behavior as president,
Axios reported.

The answers mark an important milestone in the probe into the
Trump presidential campaign’s ties with Russia, as it is the
first time the president described to investigators his knowledge
of key moments of the campaign.

Mueller’s latest questions included no questions or answers about
allegations of obstruction of justice against Trump, but Giuliani
said the Special Counsel “can’t tell you he’s given up on
obstruction.”

While Mueller could subpoena Trump on his activities as
president, Giuliani said it will likely not work, and Trump will
refuse to cooperate on that matter.

“I don’t think he has any way to compel testimony on obstruction
because the argument of executive privilege would be very, very
strong. It all relates to a period of time after he was
president,” Giuliani told the news website.


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Mueller, in the past, has seemed to acknowledge that
the issue of executive privilege could complicate matters in the
investigation, particularly as it relates to a presidential
interview.

Executive privilege gives the president and executive
branch the power to resist subpoenas from Congress and the
judicial branch when they seek information.

Mueller’s questions to Trump have often been mentioned as a
perjury trap,” as they could
force Trump to bend the facts under oath, but Giuliani seemed to
think they had a way around that.

“The law definitely requires that if you’re going to
subpoena a president, you have to show that you can’t get the
information any place else,” Giuliani said, suggesting Mueller
may have to go on public records and not sworn testimony from
Trump.

Giuliani also delved into details about the nature of the
questions, saying they mostly pertained to possible collusion
with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

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