Rudy Giuliani: Trump ‘probably’ has the power to pardon himself
The president’s personal attorney made the remarks on ABC’s ‘The Week’ program on Sunday. Asked whether Trump has the power to pardon himself, Giuliani claimed the president “probably does,” adding that the constitution “doesn’t say he can’t.” The former New York mayor later conceded that such a course of action would lead to “impeachment.”
“It would be an open question,” Giuliani told the show’s host, George Stephanopoulos. “I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that’s what the constitution says.”
Giuliani also claimed that Trump had the authority to end the investigation into him in comments that come hot on the heels of the publication of a 20-page document sent to Mueller from Trump’s legal team earlier this year. The special counsel’s investigation centers on accusations of collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.
$17 million and counting: Mueller investigation cost to US taxpayers revealed https://t.co/WEYoD9jJKe— RT (@RT_com) June 2, 2018
The document outlines the president’s legal strategy and argues that Trump cannot be indicted, subpoenaed or found guilty of obstruction of justice because he is the nation’s “chief law enforcement officer.” The document also argues that Trump “could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired.”
Speaking on CNN, former US attorney Preet Bharara said: “It would be outrageous” for a sitting president to pardon himself. “I think [if] the president decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's almost self-executing impeachment,” Bharara told CNN's ‘State of the Union.’
On the same show, Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the president “should not” pardon himself. “The president is not saying he is going to pardon himself. The president never said he pardoned himself,” McCarthy said. “I don't think a president should pardon themselves.”
The remarks caused a stir online. Many hit out at the idea of the president abusing the pardon power, while others raged at the perceived double standard employed by his personal attorney.
Trump’s team not only argues that he can pardon himself but also argues that he has unlimited power to investigate his enemies and end investigations into his friends. If this sounds like tyranny to you, that’s because it is. https://t.co/1dWv8OG04X— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) June 3, 2018
Rudy Giuliani today: Trump can pardon himself. Giuliani during the Clinton administration: “The President is not above the law”.— Denizcan S. (@MrFilmkritik) June 3, 2018
of *course* Trump will pardon himself. Does anyone who hasn't been in a coma for the last year seriously doubt this?— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) June 3, 2018
Giuliani is just hoping that Trump will eventually pardon him— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 3, 2018
Trump has consistently rubbished the investigation into potential collusion between his campaign and Russia, labelling the probe “fake news” and a “hoax.” Only once before has he directly referenced his own presidential powers. Writing in a tweet in July 2017, the president asserted his "complete power to pardon" in response to the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election.
While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017
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