Trump would fight subpoena, not pardon himself, Giuliani says

Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

President Trump's attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani said the president can't be subpoenaed or indicted - even if he had shot former FBI Director James B. Comey in the Oval Office.

According to Rudy Giuliani, there is nothing in the USA constitution - which gives the sitting president the power to issue pardons - to suggest that Mr Trump could not excuse himself if he wanted to.

"The president of the United States pardoning himself is unthinkable.it would probably lead to immediate impeachment", he said.

Meantime, Giuliani has said before that the president's lawyers oppose Trump sitting down for an interview with Mueller.

"In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost Sunday, claiming a president's constitutional powers are that broad.

Mueller is also looking into whether Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

On Saturday, the New York Times published a memo sent by Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow and John Dowd, to Mueller in January. "Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is tough".

Another former DOJ official, Andrew McCarthy, agrees with the legal consensus that a president can pardon himself, and goes even farther. He was answering a question related to Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" probe.

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Mueller's team is looking into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation, and that Trump subsequently attempted to obstruct the investigation. The "Justice Department is given a tremendous amount of independence".

Rudolph W. Giuliani, a lawyer for President Trump, speaks at the 2018 Iran Freedom Convention in Washington last month.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Trump legal team's stance in their letter to Mueller is something you would see in a dictatorship.

The 20-page letter was a response to repeated requests by Mueller's office asking to interview Trump. Part of the investigation includes whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the federal probe of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

There is an argument for self-pardoning from a president.

"I think (if) the President decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", Bharara, a CNN legal analyst, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

In the letter, attorneys argued that the president couldn't have obstructed justice because he has authority over all federal investigations. They also asserted that "he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired". Every single day, the president must consider the most pressing issues facing the nation, making historic decisions. I spent a moment wondering, but in the end I think they didn't mean this the way it sounds. "Should have told me!"

Manafort, who was Trump's campaign chairman, faces charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent and money-laundering conspiracy and also two false-statement charges related to information he shared with the Justice Department about his Ukrainian political work.

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