Donald Trump could legally pardon himself in Mueller 'leaks'

Jun 04, 2018, 19:11 IST | Agencies

Potus suggests special counsel is deliberately leaking documents about his probe into possible collusion

Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. Pics/AFP
Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. Pics/AFP

American President Donald Trump suggested that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is deliberately leaking to the press documents about his probe into possible collusion with Russia. "There was No Collusion with Russia (except by the Democrats). When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country," Trump tweeted yesterday after the investigation passed its one-year mark last month.

"Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media? Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?" Earlier, The New York Times published a confidential 20-page letter the American president's legal team sent to Mueller in January, along with another sent in June 2017.

In the letters, Trump's lawyers sternly oppose attempts by Mueller's office to interview him, saying "under our system of government, the president is not readily available to be interviewed." Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian efforts to tip the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favour.

No relief for North Korea
North Korea will not get any sanctions relief until it has demonstrated “irreversible” steps to denuclearisation, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday. Speaking at a security conference in Singapore ahead of a planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Mattis said it is vital that the international community keeps the UN sanctions in place for now.

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