Donald Trump’s lawyers sent a private 20-page letter to the special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he cannot be forced to testify in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to a report.
They also argue that Trump could not have committed obstruction because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations.
The existence of the letter sent in January was reported on Saturday by the New York Times, which posted a copy of the memo online.
The memo is an assertion of presidential power and another front on which Trump’s lawyers have argued that he cannot be subpoenaed.
In the letter, the legal team argues that a charge of illegal obstruction is moot because the US constitution empowers the president to, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon”.
In the letter, according to the New York Times, the president’s legal team write: “It is our understanding that the reason behind the request for the interview is to allow the special counsel’s office to complete its report.