Trump can pardon himself, says Giuliani


Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani says President Trump could probably pardon himself, but he won't.

In reality, the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation in July 2016 to determine if Trump campaign associates were coordinating with Russian Federation to tip the election.

"Nevertheless, the President's strong desire for transparency indicated the need to obtain an honest and complete factual report from the Special Counsel, which would sustain and even benefit the Office of the President and the national interest throughout his time in office", the letter states. He [has] no intention of pardoning of himself. 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.

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

Rudy Giuliani has caused quite a stir on social media, after saying that US President Donald Trump would "probably" be able to pardon himself.

Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies. "Pardoning yourself is another".

Giuliani said "you don't let the president testify" after acknowledging several past remarks in which Trump contradicted himself in public statements. But he continued to cast doubt on the special counsel's eventual findings, suggesting that Trump has already offered explanations for the matters being investigated and that the special counsel was biased against the president.

Although Giuliani said a decision about whether the president will voluntarily sit for an interview with Mueller's team would not be made until after a planned June 12 summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he said "we're leaning toward not" doing it.

Trump can argue that he's taking care of the people's business while his opponents are engaged in-as the POTUS loves to put it-a "partisan witch hunt".

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So could he do it? President Bill Clinton was charged with obstruction in 1998 by the House of Representatives as part of his impeachment trial.

So what is this letter all about?

That stance mirrors a memo sent to Mueller in January, and reported Friday by the New York Times. "The idea that a president can't obstruct justice died with King George III, with a brief attempt at revival by Richard Nixon". Trump could "terminate the inquiry or even exercise his power to pardon if so desired", they claim.

A related investigation by Giuliani's former US attorney's office is examining the dealings of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

But that was dated a while back and the probe is still going?

Comey had been leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence until his dismissal, which led to the appointment of Mueller to take it over.

It is unclear, too, whether and to what extent Mueller might be able to compel Trump to testify, if the president will not agree to a voluntary interview. He went on to describe such a move as "unthinkable" and said it would probably lead immediately to impeachment.

"I have a feeling that collusion has come up completely empty", Giuliani said, adding that he thinks the inquiry into any possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation has probably ended.