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White House letter attacks Mueller report; says Trump has right to instruct advisers not to testify before Congress



Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The White House released a letter today that attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, portraying it as defective, and stated that president Donald Trump has the right to instruct advisers not to testify before congressional oversight probes related to the Russia investigation.

The letter, dated April 19, and written by White House legal counsel Emmet Flood to Attorney General William Barr and obtained by Reuters on Thursday, stated that Trump’s decision to let advisers cooperate with the Mueller investigation does not extend to congressional oversight investigations. Its conclusion indicated that Trump could assert executive privilege to prevent former lawyer Don McGahn and other advisers from testifying to Congress.

The letter said: “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 White House letter was sent to Barr a day after the release of the Mueller report, which concluded that Trump did not collude with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign but failed to exonerate the president on obstruction of justice.

 

 

 

 


Carta de la Casa Blanca ataca informe Mueller diciendo que Trump tiene derecho a instruir a asesores a que no testifiquen ante Congreso

 

El fiscal especial Robert Mueller.

La Casa Blanca publicó hoy una carta que atacó el informe del Asesor Especial Robert Mueller, describiéndolo como defectuoso, y declaró que el presidente Donald Trump tiene el derecho de ordenar a los asesores que no declaren ante las investigaciones de supervisión del Congreso relacionadas con la investigación de Rusia.

La carta, fechada el 19 de abril, y escrita por el asesor legal de la Casa Blanca Emmet Flood al fiscal general William Barr y obtenida por Reuters el jueves, declaró que la decisión de Trump de permitir que los asesores cooperen con la investigación de Mueller no se extiende a las investigaciones de supervisión del Congreso. Su conclusión indicó que Trump podría ejercer el privilegio ejecutivo para evitar que el ex abogado Don McGahn y otros asesores testifiquen ante el Congreso.

La carta decía: “Una cosa es que un presidente fomente la cooperación y la transparencia completas en una investigación criminal que se lleva a cabo en gran parte dentro del Poder Ejecutivo. Es algo completamente distinto permitir que sus asesores comparezcan ante el Congreso ”.

La carta de la Casa Blanca se envió a Barr un día después de la publicación del informe Mueller, que concluyó que Trump no se confabuló con los rusos durante la campaña presidencial de 2016, pero no logró exonerar al presidente por la obstrucción de la justicia.

 

 

 

 


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