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Rudy Giuliani says Donald Trump Unwilling to Pardon Himself over Russia


Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s lawyer, says that POTUS could pardon himself in the Russia collusion affair, but that he doesn’t have the intentions to do it. The special counsel keeps investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election in the US and Trump’s role in all of that. The New York Times published a letter to the counsel from Mr. Trump’s lawyers, and that was when the idea of self-pardon was born.

The letter says Trump has the absolute power as US legal chief to end investigations or “even exercise his power to pardon.” According to the lawyers, POTUS couldn’t have obstructed justice because of the absolute power.

What has Rudy Giuliani said?

On ABC’s This Week programme, Rudy Giuliani was asked whether Trump could actually be able to pardon himself. Giuliani claimed that he could do that, but that “He has no intention of pardoning himself.” Trump’s head of legal team explained: “I think the political ramifications of that would be tough. Pardoning other people is one thing. Pardoning yourself is another.” Meanwhile, House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN that no president should pardon himself.

Why would Trump Pardon Himself?

This all started after the investigation conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. He has devoted his time to finding ties between POTUS and Russian officials who allegedly helped him come into power and defeat his political opponents. Trump has mentioned several times that collusion doesn’t exist and that the investigation is a waste of time or how he calls it, a “witch hunt.”

Mr. Mueller is also investigating whether Trump was trying to criminally obstruct it, especially when he sacked ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI director James Comey.


Could he Actually Do it?

The problem with this issue is that nobody knows what would happen. The precedent for this thing doesn’t exist. Former president Richard Nixon was in a similar situation, but the Justice Department said that he could not pardon himself. However, this was not precluded by the Constitution, and the outcome might be different this time around.

More about the letter

John Dowd, one of Trump’s lawyers, sent the letter to Mr. Mueller and had left the team afterward. The letter was published in The New York Times in original form. It was supposed to demonstrate the superiority of the president, and it showed that he couldn’t be subpoenaed, indicted or guilty of obstruction of justice. The reason for the last is that Trump has absolute power and this would effectively mean that he would obstruct himself.

According to the Constitution, the President can “terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.” If Giuliani is to be trusted, the special counsel’s investigation may be “entirely illegitimate.” Meanwhile, Trump didn’t remain listless when the letter leaked, and he posted on Twitter:

“There was No Collusion with Russia (except by the Democrats). When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end? So bad for our Country. Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media? Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?”

The Investigation Continues

Robert Mueller decided to explore the issue. Mueller wants to interview the president over obstruction of justice. Trump was willing to attend the interview, but his legal team was against it, advising him that all of this could lead to charges of perjury. Giuliani told ABC: “It’s beginning to get resolved in favor of not doing it.” Mueller could try a grand jury subpoena, but Trump’s lawyers would most likely be able to block it. The entire matter could be transferred to court.

What is your take on the topic?


Trump Might Intervene in Russia Investigation


A Senate Panel is going to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, and President Donald Trump said that he could intervene in the Russia investigation conducted by the justice department. Trump told the Fox and Friends morning TV programme: “They have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on. I’ve taken the position – and I don’t have to take this position, and maybe I’ll change – that I will not be involved with the justice department. I will wait until this is over. It’s a total – it’s all lies, and it’s a horrible thing that’s going on.”

Mr. Mueller is trying to prove whether Russia has indeed meddled in the 2016 presidential election, lifting Trump into power and this was one of the president’s strongest hints that he would prevent Mueller from carrying on with his job. Both Republicans and Democrats consider firing Mr. Mueller a dangerous move which would mark the beginning of a constitutional crisis. In a 14-7 bipartisan vote on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, they proved that they want to protect Mueller from being fired with no proper cause.

As confirmed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, this action will be symbolic, and it won’t get a vote on the Senate floor because it opposes the constitution. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he understood Trump and the pressure he has been under just for the speculation that the Russians rigged the US election. Sessions said: “The president is concerned. He’s dealing with France and North Korea and Syria and taxes and regulations and border and crime every day. I wish – this thing needs to conclude. I understand his frustrations, and I understand the American people’s frustrations.”

In a phone interview on the Fox News program, Mr. Trump spoke of former FBI director James Comey, whom he fired and explained why: “He leaked classified information in order to try and get a special counsel. He is guilty of crimes and if we had a justice department that was doing their job instead of spending $8 million trying to find…” He was interrupted by a Fox host who said: “It’s your justice department!” and Trump responded: “You’re right. I’m very disappointed in my justice department.”

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont harshly criticized Trump’s comments. Leahy wrote on Twitter: “Mr. President, it’s not YOUR Justice Department. It’s the AMERICAN PEOPLE’S Justice Department. And you’ve already improperly interfered with it more than any president since Nixon. Your rant this morning undermines the rule of law.”

The answer Trump gave to the question whether he would sit down with Mueller and his team was the following: “If you take a look, they’re so conflicted. The people that are doing the investigation – you have 13 people that are Democrats. You have Hillary Clinton people, you have people who have worked on Hillary Clinton’s foundation. I love the FBI, the FBI loves me. But the top people in the FBI, headed by Comey, were crooked.”

According to the memos that were handed to House lawmakers last week, Donald Trump praised the former FBI man for honorable conduct in the 2016 presidential campaign and solicited his loyalty. Furthermore, POTUS demanded his former national security adviser Michael Flynn to take over the investigation. The memos are Comey’s documentation of the conversations he had with Trump. When the memos got released, Trump wrote on Twitter: They “show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION.”

Comey and Trump have been going back and forth days before the release of former lawman’s book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. He accused Comey of improperly leaking information, whereas assessed the book as “third-rate” while he pointed out that Flynn’s life was destroyed whereas “Shady James Comey” would continue to make heaps of money. On the other hand, Comey negates leaking any classified info, and he called Trump morally unfit for office.