Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

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Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

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.

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed Sunday that the President hypothetically could have shot the former FBI director to end the Russian Federation investigation and not face prosecution for it while in office.

US President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.

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

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani said.

"I actually think he's probably right", Samuel Morison, a lawyer who formerly worked in the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, told the New York Post.

In January of 2016, as the presidential campaign was moving toward the early primaries, Trump publicly claimed that he could "stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters".

The claim, made by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, came soon after The New York Times published a confidential memo from two other White House lawyers to special counsel Robert Mueller. No president, for example, has ever tried to pardon himself.

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Mr. Trump's broad interpretation of executive authority is novel and is likely to be tested if a court battle ensues over whether he could be ordered to answer questions.

Meanwhile, Trump engaged in jabs at the Justice Department via Twitter on Sunday morning, going so far as to put "Justice" in quotes.

With regard to the president himself, the special counsel shifted focus from investigating collusion to an inquiry into whether Trump obstructed justice in several steps he took as president. Mr Trump has previously said he might be willing to attend but his lawyers appear opposed, fearing it could lead to charges of perjury.

An assistant prosecutor during the Watergate scandal also had strong words for Trump, comparing him to a king in an interview with MSNBC. As president, the letter asserts, Trump was free to fire former FBI Director Jim Comey "at any time and for any reason", and even today he could "order the termination of [the] investigation"-in which he is a subject-"at any time and for any reason".

Later in the same program, former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., dismissed the argument put forward by the Trump legal team that the president inherently can not obstruct justice.

"In issues of intent, there's only one person on Earth that can conclusively speak to that issue, and that is the president himself", Turley said.

"I think Jay was wrong". As my colleague David Corn explained yesterday, the most recent revelation about the Trump Tower meeting is a big deal because it undercuts Don Jr.'s own testimony to Congress.

"We understand that if the president exercised [his power], number one, it would be challenged. and we realize that the whole switch in public opinion that has been on the president's side would probably shift back", Giuliani said on Meet the Press. "Should have told me!"

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