Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has told the White House that whatever evidence it comes up with in the Russian meddling probe, it cannot indict President Donald Trump, according to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani told CNN and Fox News on Wednesday that Mueller’s team had accepted a longstanding, though never tested Justice Department legal interpretation that a sitting president is immune from indictment.
“All they get to do is write a report,” Giuliani told CNN.
“They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.”
Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr refused to comment on Giuliani’s remarks, which came on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Mueller’s appointment in charge of the probe into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
But if correct, it would only confirm widespread belief in the legal community that the president is protected from indictment while in office.
As Giuliani said, if Mueller does find wrongdoing by the president, he is confined to submitting a report to the Justice Department.
But that report, and the evidence behind it, could serve as the basis for impeachment of the president in Congress.
Mueller’s probe has already indicted 19 people, including top Trump campaign officials.
No one knows whether Mueller’s team has any strong evidence of collusion with the Russians, or of Trump actively obstructing the investigation, another evident thrust of Mueller’s probe.
– ‘Get it over with’ –
The special prosecutor, a former FBI director, has for months been in talks with Trump’s legal team over whether the president would agree to be interviewed, as have at least 20 other White House officials and 28 Trump campaign workers.
“We’re demanding from him — tell us what you have to get from an interview that you don’t already have. Because he has all the facts to make a decision,” Giuliani said later on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”
“There would be a narrow area where we might agree if they could tell us why they need it.”
If Trump refuses an interview, Mueller could be forced to issue a subpoena to force him to testify, which could spark a legal battle of its own.
Giuliani, on a media blitz since joining Trump’s legal team a month ago, said the year-old Mueller probe should be ready to wrap up.
“If you’re going to write a fair report, fine, write it. If you’re going to write an unfair report, write it and we will combat it,” he said on the Fox News program.
“We’re ready to rip it apart, and we’re ready to rip them apart, if that’s what they want. We would rather peacefully settle this and get it over with.”
Although the precedent of the 1970s Watergate case says that presidential records can be subpoenaed, some scholars say that precedent might not extend to forcing the president himself to testify. If there is a battle over the issue, it would likely end up in the Supreme Court.
Pelosi’s war on progressives risks another Trump victory
There are three reasons Trump won, and some of the leading Democrats don't seem to understand any of them
If Trump wins in 2020—and right now, he stands a good chance of doing it—you can thank Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the neoliberals in charge of the Democratic Party.
At the moment she and her allies are waging a war against progressives in order to hold onto a mythical centrist majority that doesn't exist. This threatens to repeat the mistakes of 2016, while ignoring the lessons of 2018.
CNN’s Jake Tapper reveals Rep. Ilhan Omar has been a citizen longer than Melania Trump has
In his opening commentary, CNN host Jake Tapper attacked President Donald Trump's comments about four freshmen Congresswomen of color as racist.
"The president was seeming to be referencing Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), who were born in New York City, Detroit, and Cincinnati, respectively. As well as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who came to the U.S. as a child, a refugee from Somalia and has been a U.S. Citizen since a teenager, longer than the first lady."
He then called out Trump appointee Ken Cuccinelli who went down in flames during a CNN interview Monday when he tried to lie on air about not having read Trump's tweet. Cuccinelli was read the tweet during his appearance the day before. He ignored the fact-check, saying simply, "so what?"
Trump has Republicans ‘in a vice’ as bad as Charlottesville and Access Hollywood: MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace
Donald Trump's increasingly toxic rhetoric against women of color has put the Republican Party in a "vice" of choosing between loyalty to the White House and voters disgusted by the bigotry the president had been broadcasting.
"Donald Trump today has the Republican Party in a vice the likes of which they haven’t experienced since Charlottesville and before that, in the aftermath of the “Access Hollywood” tape," Wallace explained, citing the biggest moments of Trump displaying his respective racism and misogyny.
"Republicans -- who have hardly been profiles in courage -- today found just over a dozen of their members break rank and slowly, timidly, begin to call out Donald Trump’s flagrant, bellicose, racist attacks against four female members of Congress," she reported.