Giuliani: Trump team would try to avert subpoena

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"Do you think he has the power to pardon himself?".

The comment was made in an interview to the Huffington Post on Sunday in which Giuliani argued that Trump's constitutional powers were so broad he could do anything he wanted and still evade an indictment.

Calling the investigation a "long nightmare with the American people", Giuliani also issued a challenge directly to Mueller's team, telling investigators to "man up" rather than seek to subpoena President Trump.

In addition to fighting a subpoena, Giuliani told ABC that Trump's legal strategy as detailed in a January letter to Mueller and published by the New York Times on Saturday still stands. Trump's assertion that he can simply waive-away investigations into misconduct because he is anxious that the investigation might end badly for his friends or family members is toxic to that entire scheme.

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Norm Eisen, the White House ethics lawyer under President Barack Obama and now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said the silliness of Giuliani's claim illustrates how mistaken Trump's lawyers are about presidential power.

"I would not go that far", the former New York City mayor said when asked whether a president could end an investigation into allegations that he had committed bribery or even murder, Bloomberg reported. Really?" he said. "It is one of many absurd positions that follow from their argument. "Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is tough". They composed a secret 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller to assert that he can not be forced to testify in the Russian Federation probe. Trump denies both charges.

"I don't know how you can indict while he's in office", he added.

That memo, first reported by the New York Times, also asserted that a president has full power over Justice Department investigations and therefore can not be charged with obstruction of justice.

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What do you think of Giuliani's responses? As arguments against even asking him about the statements, they strike me as pretty silly.

Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump arguably can pardon himself of any wrongdoing in the special counsel probe, including obstruction of justice, because of his authority over the Justice Department, but that would be "self-executing impeachment", according to former federal prosecutor Preet Bharara.

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

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"Listen, there's no way that'll happen", Christie told ABC.

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