The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Trump has repeatedly tried to obstruct the Mueller investigation, but on Sunday, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani revealed that his client believes he has a final ace in the hole if Mueller comes for him.

On Sunday morning’s edition of “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked Giuliani, “Do you and the president’s attorneys believe he has the power to pardon himself?”

“He probably — he’s not. But he probably does,” Giuliani replied. “He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably has, doesn’t say he can’t, I mean this is another really interesting constitutional argument, can the president pardon himself? I used to run the pardon attorney.”

“Is it an open question?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“It would be an open question, I think it would probably get answered by ‘Gosh, that’s what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it,’” Giuliani said. “But yeah, I think the political ramifications of that would be tough.”

He went on to falsely claim that “other presidents have pardoned people in circumstances like” Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Giuliani also confirmed much of the contents of a newly-released Trump legal memo that, among other things, says Trump has the absolute power to terminate the Russia investigation.

Trump’s alleged power to pardon himself has been on the minds of the American people since just days into his administration. And this isn’t the first time the subject has come up. During his brief stint as communications director, Anthony Scaramucci also revealed that Trump thinks he can self-pardon.

Giuliani is correct that nothing in the Constitution prevents Trump from pardoning himself. But it does explicitly say that the pardon power cannot be used to shield anyone “in cases of impeachment.”

That’s what he has a Republican Congress for.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

Donald Trump

Youtube Screenshot

New details about the direct role that Donald Trump played in developing a strategy to overturn the 2020 election were revealed in a federal court filing from election coup attorney John Eastman late Thursday.

Eastman is several months into a battle to keep records of his work for Trump in the run-up to January 6 confidential. but in his latest parry to bar access to emails he says should be protected under attorney-client privilege, he has revealed that Trump sent him at least “two hand-written notes” containing information “he thought might be useful for the anticipated litigation” challenging election results.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}