Trump lawyer Giuliani says president probably can pardon himself

Trump lawyer Giuliani says president probably can pardon himself

"And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

"I think the political ramifications would be tough", Giuliani told ABC. In other words, even if the president fired Comey (or Mueller) exclusively to protect himself from criminal liability, it's all perfectly legitimate.

Both Russia and Mr Trump deny collusion, and the President has denied obstructing the probe.

But, Giuliani said, Trump would face potentially significant risks if he fired Mueller and shut down the probe into his campaign's supposed ties to Russian Federation.

"The president's prime function as the chief executive ought not be hampered by requests for interview", they wrote. But in recent weeks, Mr. Giuliani has pointed to those memos as part of a broader argument that, by extension, Mr. Trump also can not be subpoenaed.

Trump's legal team has long pushed the special counsel to narrow the scope of its interview.

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani told the site. "Our recollection keeps changing" and sometimes needs to be corrected. They have been trying to sway Mueller away from seeking a subpoena to force Trump to testify before a grand jury.

President's lawyer and former NY mayor adds to list of outlandish and confusing claims, saying that Trump would be immune from indictment even if he had shot the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. As a result, it is not clear whether statutes criminalizing obstruction of justice apply to the president and amount to another legal limit on how he may wield his powers. Trump had previously signaled that he would be willing to sit for an interview, but his legal team, including head lawyer Rudy Giuliani, have privately and publicly expressed concern that the president could risk charges of perjury.

"Yet, no special counsel was appointed and no obstruction investigation was launched", he argued.

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Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, argues that "if the then-Senator Sessions knew.in his mind that he would not be able to oversee any investigation related to the charges about Russian Federation, he should have informed the president of that".

"They have to make a decision without it", Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week," noting that the Trump team has already made available several witnesses and turned over more than a million documents.

Trump said on Twitter on Monday that Mueller's appointment was "unconstitutional" but that would "play the game" because he had nothing to hide.

"For every one of these things he did, we can write out five reasons why he did it", Giuliani said.

The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment.

The Justice Department's next report on the special counsel's expenditures will cover Mueller's expenses through the end of September.

In January of 2016, as the presidential campaign was moving toward the early primaries, Trump publicly claimed that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters". "Should have told me!"

"First of all, the whole idea that he can't be charged with obstruction of justice-the last time that ever happened in this country is when we were ruled by King George", Nick Akerman said. The roots of that probe have been under intense scrutiny, after recent revelations that the FBI used at least one spy to infiltrate Trump's campaign well before the investigation officially started.

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