Dem senator compares Trump to Nixon after his lawyers claim he can't obstruct justice
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Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzGyms, hotels, bus companies make last-ditch plea for aid On The Money: Stocks fall as COVID-19 fears rattle market | Schumer sets infrastructure showdown | Dems struggle to sell agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Surging COVID-19 infections loom over US, Olympics MORE (D-Hawaii) compared President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE to former President Nixon after it was revealed Saturday that his lawyers sent special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE a 20-page letter arguing that he couldn’t obstruct justice. 

The confidential letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, argues that the Constitution gives the president the broad authority to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon."

Schatz responded to the news hours later, tweeting: “ 'When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.' Nixon, 1977 Also: Trump 2018.”


“The President, through his lawyers, offered a 20 page document asserting he is above the law. This is neither an open question nor a partisan matter,” Schatz also tweeted. “No one is above the law, especially not the most powerful person on the earth."

The Times was the first to report on the existence of the letter, although the president appeared to foreshadow the newspaper's scoop minutes before it was published on Saturday. Trump questioned whether Mueller's office or the Justice Department had leaked his legal team's letter to the media. 

"There was No Collusion with Russia (except by the Democrats)," Trump tweeted shortly before the Times story was published. 

"When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country. Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media? Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"