Giuliani, Echoing Leaked Memo, Says Trump Has "Broad Powers" Over Mueller Investigation

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Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara doubts Giuliani.

"He's not, but he probably does".

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

The Constitution, in Article II, states that the president "shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States". It would be an open question.

"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.

A private letter from Trump's legal team to Mueller, written in January, asserted what amounts to an unlimited right to halt federal investigations and issue pardons, concluding that a president can not obstruct justice.

"It could lead to impeachment", Giuliani said, referring to the idea of Trump pardoning himself. It sounds like a lot of money, until one puts things in perspective by acknowledging that the federal government is expected to spend $4.1 trillion in the 2018 fiscal year.

"He could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired."

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"Trump's lawyers' sweepingly Nixonian claim of unbounded presidential power is inconsistent with the core American principle that no-one is above the law", Tribe wrote on Twitter.

Giuliani told ABC it is an "open question" whether Trump would sit for an interview with Mueller but that the president's lawyers were leaning against having him testify.

"The whole switch in public opinion that has been on the President's side", Giuliani said, "would probably shift back". This fact is coupled with a legal protection that makes the president not readily available to be interviewed unless the information can not be obtained by any other means.

Such absolute powers, they argue, mean that he could not have obstructed justice in any case. It's wrong. They were trying to make a broad argument. It begins with Trump's on-camera statement to Lester Holt that "when I made a decision to just do it" and fire Comey, "I said to myself. you know this Russian Federation thing with Trump is a made-up story". But, Giuliani added: " I'm a lawyer ...

Asked about the possibility that Trump could be impeached simply for lying to the press, even while not under oath, Giuliani laughed.

A related investigation by Giuliani's former US attorney's office is examining the dealings of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. The special counsel's investigation centers on accusations of collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

If Trump were served with a subpoena, legal analysts said they expect he would challenge it, and the dispute would nearly certainly escalate to the Supreme Court.

Or, I'll tell you what, you want a short little three, four month investigation? "Should have told me!"

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