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Chuck Schumer, Dems Hit Back at Trump Lawyers' Letter

Chuck Schumer, Dems Hit Back at Trump Lawyers' Letter

Senator Chuck Schumer. (Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Saturday, 02 June 2018 09:41 PM

Democrats took to Twitter on Saturday to slam a letter by President Donald Trump's attorneys to special counsel Robert Mueller that he could not obstruct justice in the Russia probe, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying the argument would only be valid in a dictatorship.

"This would be a valid legal argument — if our government were a dictatorship," the New York Democrat said in his post. "Fortunately, we are a government of laws, not men.

"And in America, no one is above the law, including the president."

The New York Times reported Saturday that it had "obtained" a "confidential" 20-page letter written by Trump's attorneys in January and "hand-delivered" to Mueller's team arguing why the president could not obstruct justice in any Russia investigation.

His lawyers at the time, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, contended that the U.S. Constitution empowered the president to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon."

Mueller has been trying to interview Trump for months — and he told Dowd in March that he might subpoena the president.

Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump's current lawyers, told the Times the team was preparing for the possibility.

Trump again claimed Saturday that his campaign did not collude with Moscow and tweeted: "When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?"

In addition, Hawaii Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz likened Trump to former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal in attacking the letter.

"When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal," Schatz said in one post. "Nixon, 1977 Also: Trump 2018."

"No one is above the law," he said in another tweet, "especially not the most powerful person on the earth."

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Democrats took to Twitter on Saturday to slam a letter by President Donald Trump's attorneys to special counsel Robert Mueller that he could not obstruct justice in the Russia probe.
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