How about you get rid of Scott Pruitt’s private security force that he has with him at all times, because that’s costing us three and a half million dollars every year. In connection with this legal argument, the letter seems to argue several fallback positions, although they are presented in ways I found a bit hard to follow. His team raised the possibility in March of subpoenaing the president, but it is not clear if it is still under active consideration.
He added, “The foundation of America is that no person is above the law”. I don’t know where the President would go forward pardoning himself.
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. Giuliani has suggested Trump could be caught in a perjury trap, and charged with lying under oath, a criminal offense.
Rudy Giuliani also spoke at length explaining the amount of authority the justice department holds over President Trump as compared to Congress. The FBI also used an unverified dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee in order to obtain warrants to surveil Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page. The special counsel’s investigation centers on accusations of collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Both Sekulow and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed, falsely, that Trump had not dictated the statement, but had merely offered his son suggestions.
In an email, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, a frequent critic of Trump, called the letter “flatly wrong legally and indefensible constitutionally”. “He has no intention of pardoning himself”, Giuliani told ABC News in another Sunday interview as he made rounds of Sunday talk shows. More radically, according to the Times, the memo argues that because he has the power to stop the investigation, President Trump can not be accused of obstructing the investigation through his actions while it is ongoing. “This is pure harassment, engineered by the Democrats”.
Trump has issued two unrelated pardons in recent days and discussed others, a move that has been interpreted as a possible signal to allies ensnared in the Russian Federation probe.
“Well, of course it would be appropriate to initiate a prosecution”, he said.
What do you think of Giuliani’s responses?
In an interview with CNN Sunday, former US attorney Preet Bharara said Trump would be wise to cooperate and let the investigation play out. A spokesman for Mr. Mueller declined to comment.
“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters”, Trump said at the time. “Should have told me!”
“Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is another”. In that case, the court ruled in a probe involving former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy that the White House counsel ‘s notes from its own investigation of Espy were covered by executive privilege.