Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

GOP Reps Warn Trump Against Pardoning Himself: 'Terrible Move'

Rudy Giuliani on ABC's Rudy Giuliani on ABC’s “This Week,”
Jay Anderson | 04 June, 2018, 10:01

Michigan State Professor of Law Brian Kalt said for years "nobody cared about the legal arguments I presented because they thought the whole question was absurd". "I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that's what the constitution says", Giuliani told ABC's This Week program on Sunday.

Trump has consistently rubbished the investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, labelling the probe "fake news" and a "hoax".

Within days of ousting Comey, Trump said that when he dismissed him he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing", because he thought it was a made-up excuse by Democrats looking for a reason for Trump's upset win over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mr Trump has previously said he might be willing to attend but his lawyers appear opposed, fearing it could lead to charges of perjury. But, Giuliani added: " I'm a lawyer ...

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani told the site. Giuliani further acknowledged that halting Mueller's investigation would have huge political consequences, and "could lead to impeachment", because it would leave Congress and the courts the only formal check on presidential power. "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".

WASHINGTON ― Candidate Donald Trump bragged that he could shoot someone on New York's Fifth Avenue and not lose any support, and now President Donald Trump's lawyer says Trump could shoot the Federal Bureau of Investigation director in the Oval Office and still not be prosecuted for it. "If he's making an implicit threat that he could escalate this with pardons, there's nothing in the letter to indicate that he's not willing to pardon himself".

Whether Trump may pardon himself is a matter of some debate. Giuliani based that claim on his reading of the Constitution, and the fact that the Attorney General is appointed by the President (though AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation). Giuliani has suggested Trump could be caught in a perjury trap, and charged with lying under oath, a criminal offense.




He also stated that if the President were to give himself a pardon he'd likely face impeachment. "Should have told me!"

Statute allows him to terminate probe?

Why would Mr Trump need to pardon himself?

The president on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to USA campaign finance law violations. The FBI also used an unverified dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee in order to obtain warrants to surveil Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. Critics accused Trump of subverting the rule of law. He said that Trump wants to testify but that Giuliani and his team are leaning against recommending that.

Giuliani was not part of Trump's legal team when the letter was written, he said he stands by most of it.

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