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WASHINGTON ― Candidate Donald Trump bragged that he could shoot someone on New York’s Fifth Avenue and not lose any support, and now President Donald Trump’s lawyer says Trump could shoot the FBI director in the Oval Office and still not be prosecuted for it.

“In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted,” Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost Sunday, claiming a president’s constitutional powers are that broad. “I don’t know how you can indict while he’s in office. No matter what it is.”

Giuliani said impeachment was the initial remedy for a president’s illegal behavior ― even in the extreme hypothetical case of Trump having shot former FBI Director James Comey to end the Russia investigation rather than just firing him.

“If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day,” Giuliani said. “Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.”

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.

“A president could not be prosecuted for murder? Really?” he said. “It is one of many absurd positions that follow from their argument. It is self-evidently wrong.”

Eisen and other legal scholars have concluded that the constitution offers no blanket protection for a president from criminal prosecution. “The foundation of America is that no person is above the law,” he said. “A president can under extreme circumstances be indicted, but we’re facing extreme circumstances.”

Giuliani’s comments came a day after The New York Times revealed that Trump’s lawyers in January made their case to special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump could not possibly have obstructed justice because he has the ability to shut down any investigation at any time.

“He could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired,” Jay Sekulow and John Dowd wrote in a 20-page letter. Dowd has since left Trump’s legal team, replaced by Giuliani.

Where are Oldsport and Y on this one?  If Giuliani was talking about President Obama, he would have said , sure you can indict him.  This is another ploy to Make America White Again.
 No one is above the law...ask Richard Nixon.  He resigned before he could be indicted.

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Re: Trump Could Have Shot Comey and Still Couldn't Be Indicted For It
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2018, 09:16:45 AM »
Sen. Brian Schatz(D-Hawaii) compared President Trump to former President Nixon after it was revealed Saturday that his lawyers sent special counsel Robert Mueller a 20-page letter arguing that he couldn’t obstruct justice.

The confidential letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, argues that the Constitution gives the president the broad authority to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon."

Schatz responded to the news hours later, tweeting: “ 'When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.' Nixon, 1977 Also: Trump 2018.”



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