Trump pardoning himself 'unthinkable and would lead to impeachment', says Giuliani


Giuliani's comments follow the publication of 20-page letter from Trump's legal team to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the federal Russian Federation investigation.

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who became Trump's lead lawyer in April, said the two sides would go to court if Special Counsel Robert Mueller attempts to subpoena the President.

What has Mr Giuliani said?

I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it.

In the letters dated June 23, 2017, and January 29, 2018, Trump's legal team presents a barrage of arguments and precedents for why Trump does not have to agree to an interview with Mueller. Now he said he is not sure when it will end because Mueller is taking too long and not turning over material to Giuliani ― such as a report of what was learned from an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant who made contact with several members of the Trump campaign with links to Russian Federation.

However, Trump's legal team has been reluctant to allow such an interview out of concern that prosecutors could use the president's words against him.

"It could lead to impeachment", Giuliani said, referring to the idea of Trump pardoning himself.

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That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice.

"He could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired."
"Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him".

Responding to Giuliani's comments, former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara told CNN's Dana Bash that "If the President decided he was going to pardon himself, that's nearly self-executing impeachment". His lawyers at the time began discussing his pardoning powers as well. No president, for example, has ever tried to pardon himself. Previously, the Trump team had denied, unconvincingly, that the president had anything to do with that missive. Key among these is the fact that Trump has the right to offer his opinion on any investigation as part of his role as the top law enforcement official in the United States.

He also said the President's legal team planned to challenge any potential subpoena from the special counsel's office as harassment or as unnecessary because the White House has turned over more than a million documents and several witnesses.

While saying on Sunday that Trump wanted to sit down with Mueller, Giuliani added, "It's beginning to get resolved in favor of not doing it".

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