Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

04 June, 2018, 13:29 | Author: Angel Logan
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Responding to Giuliani's comments, former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara told CNN's Dana Bash that "If the President decided he was going to pardon himself, that's nearly self-executing impeachment".

When ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani whether Trump could pardon himself, the former prosecutor - who was not on Trump's legal team when the letter was written - laughed and then said probably so.

"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani said.

Speaking on CNN on Sunday, House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that no president should pardon himself.

In addition to fighting a subpoena, Giuliani told ABC that Trump's legal strategy as detailed in a January letter to Mueller and published by the New York Times on Saturday still stands. "Pardoning other people is one thing".

That meeting was scheduled after the Russians said they had damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that would be of use to the Trump campaign. "The President is not saying he is going to pardon himself".

"This is the president's decision ultimately, " he said.

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".

Giuliani added that it is a "a really interesting constitutional argument".

A related investigation by Giuliani's former US attorney's office is examining the dealings of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

The 20-page letter was a response to repeated requests by Mueller's office asking to interview Trump.

Trump's lawyers precede their arguments for why Trump should not be interviewed in regards to Comey's firing by pointing out that the president acted within the authority granted to him by the Constitution.

Giuliani refuted reports that by pardoning individuals like Indian American Dinesh D'Souza, Trump is sending a signal to those caught up in the Russian Federation investigation.

The President on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to United States campaign finance law violations.

The letter, signed by lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow, was part of a bid to keep Trump from having to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, especially on questions about whether he obstructed justice.

If Trump were served with a subpoena, legal analysts said they expect he would challenge it, and the dispute would nearly certainly escalate to the Supreme Court. "I'm not billing by the hour, otherwise I could tell you exactly", he joked about the case he has taken on for free.

A leading Republican lawmaker, Congressman Trey Gowdy, said last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation did nothing wrong, but Giuliani said he has "tremendous suspicion" that the operation was meant to spy on the Trump campaign.

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