Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump lawyer Giuliani says president can probably pardon himself

Trump lawyer Giuliani says president can probably pardon himself

If the president were to pardon himself, Trump would be impeached, he said.

Lawyers acting for Donald Trump say the U.S. president has the power to pardon himself if charges arise from the investigation into Russian collusion, but has no plans to do so. I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it.

"There is a real practical outcome for the republic if Trump is able to win the silence of other defendants with the use of these pardons", Shugerman said.

Giuliani said he believes Mueller will wrap up the probe before September 1 given his sensitivity to "not doing another Comey and interfering horribly in the election". That was false. A January 29 letter from Trump lawyer John M. Dowd stated that Trump Sr. dictated the statement.

Long-standing Justice Department rules have concluded that a sitting president can not be indicted for criminal wrongdoing.

Giuliani said he would keep an "open mind" about whether Trump would testify under oath in the probe, but added: "I have to just be honest, we are leaning towards not".

"If Mueller tries to subpoena us, we're going to court", he told ABC.

In a column on Sunday morning, Vox's Matthew Yglesias characterized the memo from Trump's legal team as "a recipe for tyranny" and a "clear and present danger to the rule of law".


"It remains our position that the President's actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself", Mr Trump's lawyers wrote.

"This is the reason you don't let the president testify", Giuliani told ABC.

First, it argues that the president has already allowed the Special Counsel to have many documents and interview White House staff, and that "i$3 n light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President".

No-one really knows. There is no precedent for a president trying. Only once before has he directly referenced his own presidential powers. Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

In addition to the legal battles, Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings. "I think that's what happened here", Giuliani said.

Donald Trump wold not be indicted even he shot James Comey, Rudy Giuliani now claims. "He is telling the truth" that there was no collusion with Russian Federation to help him win and that he did not obstruct justice. Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued ever since. "It's a hypothetical point", he told host Chuck Todd. "If four of them are completely innocent and one of them is your assumption that it's a guilty motive, which (Trump) would deny, you can't possibly prosecute him".

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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