Trump announces he is above the law.
On Saturday, June 2, 2018, the New York Times published information from a letter that had been sent by Trump’s attorneys to the Special Counsel’s (Mueller) Office. In the letter, Trump’s legal team asserted that Trump not only cannot be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, but that it’s impossible for Trump to obstruct.
And should Trump not act quickly enough to prevent the start of an investigation, he can always act retroactively by pardoning anyone caught up in its findings.
Trump need not even respond to a request for an interview by the Special Counsel. Or a subpoena from the grand jury. Or … anything at all. Trump is utterly exempt from legal actions.
The letter focused on Trump’s ability to shrug off the Russia investigation. Trump’s latest public representative, Rudy Giuliani, went forth to clarify the limits of Trump’s legal authority. Giuliani made clear … there aren’t any limits of Trump’s legal authority.
Trump is not only immune from providing testimony, but Trump is completely above legal recourse. Trump can do anything he wants.
“In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted,” 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. Trump could have shot James Comey, rather than firing him, and it still couldn’t have led to an indictment.”
The published statement is a declaration of Trump’s lawyers is not just anti-American, but exceeds the authority of most monarch for centuries.
Trump isn’t quoting “originalist” perception of the power of the executive. Trump is comparing his friends Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Recep Erdoğan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un. Like the world’s strongmen, Trump is declaring that he’s more than just a titular leader. His power is without bounds.
Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.