Since Donald Trump took the oath of office last year, he seems to be of the notion that he’s above the law, but according to what his own attorney said in 1998, he is not. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was interviewed by Charlie Rose and they spoke of Bill Clinton. Rose asked: “If the president is asked to testify — subpoenaed to testify — before a grand jury and says, ”no, not gonna do it,” would he be allowed to do that?”
“You gotta do it. I mean, you don’t have a choice,” Giuliani said.
Then they spoke of Watergate, the scandal that brought an end to Richard Nixon’s presidency.
“The Watergate– all of the Watergate litigation resolved the fact that the president is not above the law– is not able to avoid subpoenas,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani said that in terms of criminal law, the president should be “treated like everyone else.”
Well well well…
“In terms of criminal law, the President should be treated like everybody else.” ~ Rudy “I have no idea what I’m doing” Giuliani pic.twitter.com/ZGGEiHtSpi
— UnsilentMajority 🌹 (@The_UnSilent_) May 9, 2018
And that goes in stark contrast to what Giuliani said recently about presidents being subpoenaed. Giuliani said that Trump doesn’t have to comply with a subpoena.
“We don’t have to comply with a potential Mueller subpoena,” Giuliani recently declared on ABC. “He’s the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have.”
Donald Trump in 2016 would agree with Giuliani from 1998. While on the campaign trail, Trump said having a sitting president under criminal investigation would result in a “constitutional crisis.”
“She’s likely to be under investigation for criminality for a very, very long time to come,” Trump said at the time.
“We’re going to be tied up in court for the rest of our lives with this deal,” he added, referring to if Hillary Clinton were elected. “She’s not going to win the election, but I’m just saying. If Hillary is elected, she will be under protracted criminal investigation likely followed by the trial of a sitting president. This is just what we need.”
And here we are in 2018 with Trump and his colleagues under investigation. Indictments have been handed down and Trump wants the investigation quickly wrapped up.
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