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White House letter blasts Mueller report, says Trump has right to instruct advisers not to testify


Added 05-03-19 02:11:02pm EST - “The April 19 letter from White House legal counsel Emmet Flood to Attorney General William Barr, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, was in line with Trump's confrontational approach to dealing with a Democratic effort to use the Mueller…” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “White House letter blasts Mueller report, says Trump has right to instruct advisers not to testify”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has the right to instruct advisers not to testify before congressional oversight probes related to the Russia investigation, the White House said in a letter that blasts Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report as deeply flawed.

The April 19 letter from White House legal counsel Emmet Flood to Attorney General William Barr, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, was in line with Trump's confrontational approach to dealing with a Democratic effort to use the Mueller report as a springboard into more investigations.

Flood said Trump's decision to let advisers cooperate with the Mueller probe does not extend to congressional oversight investigations. Democrats have argued Trump waived the right to assert executive privilege by allowing advisers to cooperate extensively with Mueller.

The White House conclusion was an indication that Trump would, if necessary, declare executive privilege to prevent former lawyer Don McGahn and other advisers from testifying to Congress, which would likely trigger a court battle.

"It is one thing for a president to encourage complete cooperation and transparency in a criminal investigation conducted largely within the Executive Branch. It is something else entirely to allow his advisers to appear before Congress..." the letter said.

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