Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump can probably pardon himself, but has no plan to: Giuliani

Trump can probably pardon himself, but has no plan to: Giuliani

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney says his legal team would go to court to prevent any effort to subpoena the president. "We're leaning toward not", said Giuliani, per Politico. "I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that's what the constitution says", Giuliani told ABC's This Week program on Sunday.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is now investigating alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling.

Mueller's team is looking into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, and that Trump subsequently attempted to obstruct the investigation.

Rudy Giuliani added that the political ramifications of self-pardoning would be very tough and may even lead to the president's immediate impeachment.

That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice. "Pardoning other people is one thing. The president never said he pardoned himself", McCarthy said. These letters argue, essentially, that the president can't obstruct justice. "I don't know how you can indict while he's in office, no matter what it is", Giuliani told HuffPo.

You may watch Rudy Giuliani's full interview with NBC News' Meet the Press and Chuck Todd in the video player above.

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But were he to do it, the likely impeachment process would be led by the House of Representatives - and he would then be removed from office by the Senate.

Giuliani was asked on ABC whether a president accused of a crime as serious as murder or bribery could terminate the investigation.

However, Trump's legal team has been reluctant to allow such an interview out of concern that prosecutors could use the president's words against him.

A special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, and whether Mr Trump obstructed justice. I mean, Trump's been telling us over, and over, and over again that this investigation is costing us way too much money.

Mueller's office declined to comment, while the White House and the two attorneys who wrote the letter - Sekulow and Dowd - did not reply to requests for comment.

Or, I'll tell you what, you want a short little three, four month investigation?

Giuliani also on Sunday backed Donald Trump Jr, who had arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has connections to the Kremlin, soon after clinching the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. "I don't think a president should pardon themselves", he told CNN's "State of the Union".

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