Trump willing to challenge Mueller subpoenas in court: Lawyer

WASHINGTON: If US President Donald Trump is subpoenaed by a special counsel investigating contacts between the 2016 Trump election campaign and Russia, his lawyers will attempt to quash it in court, one of Trump’s lawyers said on Sunday.
Any legal battle over whether the president can be compelled to testify could go all the way to the US Supreme Court, the lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said on ABC’s “This Week” show.
Sekulow also said that Trump has not decided whether he would voluntarily sit for an interview with US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US election and any possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow officials.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied allegations by US intelligence agencies that his government meddled and Trump denies collusion, describing the Mueller investigation as a political witch hunt that should be shut down.
Mueller would have the option to issue a subpoena compelling the president to testify if Trump chose not to be interviewed.
Sekulow said that the president had the authority under Article II of the US Constitution to stop any investigation conducted by the Department of Justice. The article enumerates the powers of the executive branch of the federal government.
One part of Mueller’s inquiry and congressional investigations has focused on a meeting months before the November election in Trump Tower in New York between Russian officials, Donald Trump Jr, the president’s eldest son, and other campaign aides.
While originally Trump, a Republican, said the meeting was about adoptions, on Sunday he said on Twitter that it was about getting information on his election opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Russian government denied Americans the right to adopt Russian children as part of its response to a set of US sanctions imposed by Congress in 2012.
E-mail released by Donald Jr himself showed he had been keen on the meeting because his father’s campaign was purportedly being offered potentially damaging information on Clinton. — Reuters