Borrowing a line from his client, Rudy Giuliani argued Sunday that the president could not be indicted - not even if he fired a gun at his former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.
"If Mueller tries to subpoena us, we're going to court", Giuliani told ABC News.
In a 20-page letter submitted to the special counsel's office this year, Trump's attorneys asserted that "the President's actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself".
These are interesting legal questions. "Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him".
Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies.
Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) on Sunday warned President Donald Trump against pardoning himself.
His comment suggested that Trump's lawyers were beginning to persuade the president of the dangers involved. It acknowledges Comey's accusation that Trump ordered him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn-"He is a good guy".
"He has no intention of pardoning himself, but...it doesn't say he can't!". There is a heightened standard for interviewing a president. Trump Jr. and the White House previously have denied the president's involvement in developing the statement. Dowd has since left Trump's legal team, replaced by Giuliani. In connection with this legal argument, the letter seems to argue several fallback positions, although they are presented in ways I found a bit hard to follow.
Mueller should investigate Comey for perjury and for his role in having information leaked to the Times about memos he wrote on his meetings with Trump - memos that ultimately led to Mueller's appointment as special counsel, Giuliani argued.
Third, the letter tries to deal with some of the president's more problematic prior statements on the topic. "I don't know how you can indict while he's in office".
Both Mr Trump and Russian Federation have continued to deny any collusion in the run-up to his shock election triumph, with the United States leader previously labelling the investigation a "witch hunt".