Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said there would be limits to a president’s ability to influence a law enforcement investigation into himself.
Giuliani’s comments on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday come a day after the New York Times published two letters sent from Trump’s legal team to Special Counsel Robert Mueller arguing that as the chief U.S. law enforcement officer, the president couldn’t obstruct the investigation into Russian interference because he has the power to terminate the probe or pardon those caught up in it.
The letter was sent before Giuliani joined Trump’s legal team.
“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.
Nonetheless, Giuliani argued that the arguments in the letter were “very, very persuasive.”
“This is basically I think what most constitutional lawyers who tend to try to protect the presidency would say,” Giuliani said of the letter.
Giuliani also said it’s “an open question” whether the president can pardon himself. He said Trump is not planning to do so but that he likely could.
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