Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Giuliani says Mueller's team is trying to frame Trump

Giuliani says Mueller's team is trying to frame Trump

Former US attorney Preet Bharara said Sunday that it "would be outrageous" for a sitting president to pardon himself, which President Donald Trump's lawyers appear to argue in a letter sent to special counsel Robert Mueller.

President Trump's lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani said Wednesday that the legal team of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is "trying very, very hard to frame" the president.

"If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that told me I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer", Grassley told CNN.

And he said the legal team was leaning against having Trump be interviewed by Mueller's investigators.

"And he has no need to do it, he's done nothing wrong".

'The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ' Trump said in another post.

Moscow officials have denied allegations of interference, calling the accusations groundless and absurd.

"We had Repeal & Replace done (and the saving to our country of one trillion dollars) except for one person, but it is getting done anyway".

Trump's tweet came in response to a New York Times report about a 20-page letter to Mueller.

Giuliani's remarks follow reports that the president's legal team sent a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller in late January outlining a legal justification that as president, Trump can not be held accountable for obstruction of justice and should not be interviewed by investigators.

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On NBC, the former mayor of NY said.

President Donald Trump is calling the special counsel Russian Federation probe "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

Though Trump insists he did nothing wrong, the statements from him and his lawyers have made clear that much of their defence revolves around establishing that he was constitutionally empowered to take the actions he took.

On NBC's "Meet the Press," for instance, Giuliani framed the pardon question as purely hypothetical and politically implausible.

"If they decide to follow those all up they'll be going on for 3-4 years, all to no avail and after millions and millions of taxpayer dollars, which is why I think we have to demand that he put up or shut up because we can answer anything he has", he said. Pardoning yourself is another.

"I would think the presidential power, there's nothing that limits the presidential power of pardon from a federal crime, not a state crime", he said.

And as Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., pointed out Monday, President Nixon resigned three days after that opinion was issued.

"First, of course, no president has the power to pardon himself or herself".

Giuliani said Monday that he only agreed with "70, 80 percent" of the January letter.

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