Giuliani downplays idea of Trump self-pardon

Sergio Conner
June 7, 2018

The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mueller from John Dowd, a Trump lawyer who has since resigned from the legal team.

Rudy Giuliani defended President Donald Trump's lawyers and press secretary on Monday, saying no one had lied about an infamous 2016 meeting between Trump's son and a Russian lawyer, but rather, they'd made mistakes when talking about it previous year.

Additionally, they asked McGahn if he'd spoken with Trump about any individuals who are under consideration for a pardon, or if he'd consulted with the president about any of the five individuals who already received pardons.

"It would be an open question".

"Comey worked for me in the US Attorney's office, and Mueller worked under me in the Justice Department".

"There are a group of 13 highly partisan Democrats who make up the Mueller team, excluding him, and are trying very, very hard to frame him to get him in trouble when he hasn't done anything wrong", said Giuliani, who has been serving as Trump's lawyer amid the Russian Federation scandal.

"President Trump didn't take that".

"Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment", Giuliani told NBC's "Meet the Press" last week.

"Rudy, just like Jay Sekulow, keeps coming up with things that end up being false".

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"President Trump is not above the law", Smith said.

In a tweet Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself should the special counsel find he interfered in the investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election.

Sanders is also refusing to explain a contradiction between her public statements and a memo from the president's outside counsel obtained by The New York Times. "There's no wiggle room here", Bharara said. "President Trump is not going to do that".

"We said, 'Well, we're not going to have a summit under those circumstances, '" Mr Giuliani said.

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"I think that's what happened here", Giuliani said.

But Trump would imperil himself if he agreed to testify because he'd be in danger of contradicting himself in his answers to investigators, Giuliani noted.

"I don't believe that would be a legal question", McCarthy said.

Trump's lawyers don't want him to be interviewed by Mueller, accusing the independent prosecutor, himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, of trying to "trap" the president in a lie. "If presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy", Schumer said. I don't know where the President would go forward pardoning himself.

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