Here is the confidential 20-page letter transmitted by lawyers John M. Dowd, who no longer works for Donald Trump, and Jay Sekulow to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Essentially, it argues that the U.S. President has absolute authority. Therefore, Trump as president, cannot be legally compelled to testify.
Such an argument, as MarketWatch interprets, relies on a broad, perhaps novel, interpretation of presidential authority. Given that, it may require a court hearing.
The letter was obtained by The New York Times, which has a paywall.
It was distributed to the public by MarketWatch, which doesn't have a paywall, at least not yet.
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Of course, this development in Russiagate brings back traumatic political memories for Baby Boomers. We lived every second of Watergate. That's because it contradicted our beliefs about the American system.
Born post-World War II, we were socialized for happy clappy. America wanted and needed to move away from the war. Most families had been negatively impacted.
So, the push for the new generation conceived to replace the hundreds of thousands slaughtered during the war to end all wars (what naïve labeling) was to come of age with extreme optimism about how the world could be - particularly America. And, we were told that we were responsible for making that happen.
In Roman Catholic elementary school St. Boniface, housed amid the immigrant tenements in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey, we students were assigned a specific role: Pray for the conversion of Russia. On Fridays we brought in quarters to adopt pagan babies in that nation.
Just as when "our president" John F. Kennedy was murdered, most of us Baby Boomers remember exactly where we were every time the media delivered another bombshell report about how Richard Nixon was making the moves to bypass the law.
Catastrophe changes people. We were changed. Those who took the phenomenon of Watergate seriously tilted toward extreme skepticism.
The probability is high we never again expected much from Washington D.C. Even during the healing Obama Administration we anticipated big-time disappointments. It was the digital technology story from that era which interested us, not the supposed reforms. Incidentally, many of my younger friends couldn't afford Obamacare kind of health insurance and opted to pony up the fine.
So, the letter gets sent. The talking heads comment. Members of the legal media are interviewing sources today for articles to be posted tomorrow. And, we who have been through it before feel foolish that we believed Watergate would only happen once, at least in America.
Meanwhile, we have to combat ageism, an injustice which is increasing in America. That, not the antics in Trumpville, has been the real stunner.
We were the generation which went to college. Neighborhood businesses provided us part-time jobs to help pay what scholarships and government loans didn't.
No, we never saw "it" coming.
This struggle to find, hold onto, and land better work shouldn't have happened as we became older. Typically, four monsters have taken us over. Here is my free book on that.
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