Lawyers for President Donald Trump told special counsel Robert Mueller that the president can not be compelled to testify and can not have committed obstruction of justice because he has authority over all federal investigations, according to a confidential letter revealed Saturday.
Mueller's team is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any possible connections to the Trump campaign.
The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Trump pardoning himself.
The lawyers deny then-FBI Director James Comey's claim that Trump asked him to see his way clear to "letting Flynn go" after warning that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about talking with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the United States.
Giuliani said Sunday that a decision about an interview would not be made until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, and he cast doubt that it would occur at all.
Ultimately, Trump's lawyers argued that the president should not be compelled to sit for an interview to assist Mueller's effort, arguing that the White House provided full access to documents and interviews with other senior staff that was sufficient to answer Mueller's questions about the Trump's actions.
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"As you know, under our system of government, the president is not readily available to be interviewed", the lawyers wrote.
In another eye-opening section of the letter, Trump's lawyers contend that the president's interview with NBC's Lester Holt two days after he fired Comey has been "widely misreported and mischaracterized".
According to The Hill, there are no indications that Sessions is going to quit or that the president is going to fire him.
Trump's lawyer, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said this week that he had drawn "red lines" for Mueller in talks over a possible interview with the president.
Former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, fired by Trump past year along with numerous other federal prosecutors, said it would be "outrageous" for a sitting president to pardon himself and that doing so would represent "almost self-executing impeachment".
In a statement to CNN, Giuliani said, "All they get to do is write a report". Dowd left the president's legal team in March.