Giuliani says special counsel's team is trying to frame Trump

07 June, 2018, 03:51 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

"Whether or not there is a minor legal argument that some law professor somewhere in a legal journal can make that the President can pardon, that's not what the framers could have intended". And that's why I say they're trying to frame him.

Trump's defense team in January argued that the president could not have obstructed justice, since he has total authority over the Justice Department, and could even terminate the special counsel investigation if he wanted to. Giuliani told ABC's "This Week".

Nonetheless, Giuliani said he remains in touch with Mueller, and that there have been discussions about allowing investigators to question the president.

Giuliani added, "I think the political ramifications of that would be tough". He said the "practical limitation" to the power was that a president pardoning himself would likely trigger impeachment proceedings.

President Donald Trump had tweeted earlier that he has the "absolute right to PARDON" himself.

"Rudy, just like Jay Sekulow, keeps coming up with things that end up being false".

"It's an attempt to entrap the president", Biggs said on "Outnumbered Overtime" on Monday.

Mr Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Mr Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

The investigation led by Mr Mueller - who previously served as FBI director during the presidency of George W Bush - has already led to criminal charges against Mr Trump's former aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

"He shouldn't and no one is above the law", the Wisconsin Republican, who is retiring after his current term, told reporters in response to Trump's Monday tweets suggesting he had the right to issue such a self-pardon. "There's no wiggle room here", Bharara said.

He stressed, though, that Trump had done nothing wrong. "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" - he initially wrote. Todd asked him to clarify whether he was making the case "that [Trump] didn't obstruct or that a president can not obstruct justice". "That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for".

"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

That statement - the first time Trump has raised the possibility of a self-pardon - follows a weekend in which his legal team repeatedly made that same point.

"I don't believe that would be a legal question", McCarthy said. So presidents can pardon federal offenses, but not state ones.

'The answer is we don't know.

Sanders replied, "I'm not going to respond to a letter from the president's outside counsel".



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