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President Donald Trump could be impeached if he refuses to interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Citing an article of the U.S. Constitution, Time reports that Trump could very well be impeached if he refuses to speak with Mueller in regards to the Russia investigation.

The president "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed," reads Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution

Times reporter Martin London argues that the article is not a suggestion, but a command. It was added to the Constitution because the founding fathers sought to prevent any situation in which a president could behave like a king and ignore or violate the law.

Under this law, London argues that it is Trump's obligation to help Mueller execute the law, not try and stop him. This would fall under a new application of the Faithful Execution clause.

London added that Trump would risk a grand jury subpoena if he refuses to interview with Mueller. Trump would then have to testify under oath, leaving him vulnerable to self-incrimination or perjury.

The president has previously stated he would be willing to talk to Mueller under oath. But according to The New York Times, Trump's lawyers have advised him to decline any interview with Mueller. Other Republicans have agreed.

"I don’t think the president of the United States, unless there are credible allegations -- which I don’t believe there are -- should be sitting across from a special counsel," former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie said during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America," The New York Times reports.

"The idea of putting Trump in a room with five or six hardened, very clever lawyers, all of whom are trying to trick him and trap him, would be a very, very bad idea," former House speaker Newt Gingrich said in January while speaking with "Fox and Friends."

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Meanwhile, senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said there is "ample evidence" of collusion between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign, but it is Mueller who will ultimately decide if the evidence is enough to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was collusion.

"There is already, in my view, ample evidence in the public domain on the issue of collusion if you're willing to see it," Schiff told reporters on Feb. 14, USA Today reported. "If you want to blind yourself, then you can look the other way."

Trump has previously referred to the Russia investigation as a "witch hunt" carried out by Democrats mourning their loss in the 2016 presidential election.

Sources: Time, The New York Times, USA Today / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Obama White House/Flickr, Kremlin

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