U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead attorney said that if the special counsel investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election were to subpoena the president, it would set off a legal battle, according to an ABC News report on Saturday.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who became Trump’s lead lawyer in April, said the two sides would go to court if U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller attempts to subpoena the president.
“If Mueller tries to subpoena us, we’re going to court,” Giuliani told ABC News.
In addition to fighting a subpoena, Giuliani told ABC that Trump’s legal strategy as detailed in a January letter to Mueller and published by the New York Times on Saturday still stands.
Trump’s lawyers had argued in the January letter that the president could not have obstructed the probe given the powers granted to him by the U.S. Constitution, the Times report said.
In the letter penned by Trump lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, it was argued that the president has the power to “order the termination of an investigation by the Justice Department or FBI at any time and for any reason.”
In the letter to Mueller, Trump’s lawyers had contended that the Constitution gives the president the power to “terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon,” and that meant he could not illegally obstruct the investigation, the Times reported.