Trump lawyer Giuliani says president probably can pardon himself

04 June, 2018, 10:01 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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The newspaper published both letters in full on Saturday. The investigation was opened after the hacking of Democratic emails that intelligence officials later formally attributed to Russian Federation. When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? Trump wrote in a tweet. The Mueller investigation is vital to this country, Donald Trump's golf trips are not.

The principle laid out in the letter is "a ludicrous legal theory, " said Neal Katyal, a former acting solicitor general who now works in private practice at Hogan Lovells. "Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"

These are interesting legal questions. They said that while the courts might ultimately limit what the president could be asked, it was unlikely they would agree with the president's legal interpretation that he cannot obstruct justice.

Well, you know what's really costing us a lot of money if we want to go through the budget and get rid of expensive things? "In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President".

Mueller took over an existing FBI counterintelligence investigation a year ago. 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.

Among them are claims that there was no FBI investigation; that if there was an investigation it was closed (or at least was thought to be closed by certain members of the White House staff) by the time the president spoke to Comey about Flynn; that Flynn didn't lie to the FBI; that Flynn did lie to the White House about various matters (and was sacked for it); and that in any event he ultimately pleaded guilty so there could not have been any obstruction.

In a new interview with NBC News' Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd, Giuliani discussed the outcome of President Trump ending Mueller's investigation. "Thus, full cooperation was in order, and was in fact provided by all relevant parties".

Basically, if Donald Trump just stopped playing golf we could have three more investigations going on right now too, and it'd be just the same price we're paying right now for his golf. The account of the conversation is based on memos Comey leaked to the media after being fired. The Trump-dictated statement falsely claimed the meeting was primarily about the adoption of Russian children by American families ― the same topic that Trump claimed had been the substance of a conversation he had had with Russian leader Vladimir Putin the previous evening in Germany.

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Eisen and other legal scholars have concluded that the constitution offers no blanket protection for a president from criminal prosecution.

A special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, and whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

The lawyers also made the technical argument that an FBI investigation, unlike a grand jury investigation, did not count under the law as a "proceeding" that could be obstructed.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Trump's lawyer clarified by saying that his client "has no intention of pardoning himself", then added that the US Constitution "doesn't say he can't". As arguments against even asking him about the statements, they strike me as pretty silly. "The idea that a president can't obstruct justice died with King George III, with a brief attempt at revival by Richard Nixon".

Trump has stated that Comey was sacked for his incompetence in handling the Clinton email investigation.

"No president has stated it so boldly as this letter states it", Sandick said.

"As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Department of "Justice" have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign?"


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