Over the past week and a half, Rudy Giuliani has been everywhere. Turn on the television, and you were likely to see him holding forth on legal matters involving President Donald Trump, even though he seemed to contradict himself from one minute to the next.
During an interview on ABC’s This Week Sunday, Giuliani was asked what Trump would do if he’s subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to appear before a grand jury. In that case, the former New York City mayor replied, Trump would ignore the subpoena and refuse to appear:
“We don’t have to. He’s the president of the United States. We can assert the same privileges other presidents have.”
He can assert anything he wants to, but what Rudy failed to note is that Trump doesn’t get the last word on whether or not he would be compelled to testify before a grand jury. That decision would be left to the courts, and would eventually require a ruling from the Supreme Court.
Also, it’s both ironic and hypocritical of Rudy to make such a claim when you consider how adamant he was on the subject of presidents and subpoenas when the president in question was Bill Clinton.
During a 1988 interview with Charlie Rose, Giuliani declared that Clinton would have “no choice” but to comply if served with a subpoena by then-Independent Counsel Ken Starr:
“You gotta do it. I’m mean you don’t have a choice.”
If the President is subpoenaed to testify, “he’s gotta do it. He has no choice.”
– Rudy Guiliani, 1998 pic.twitter.com/vpCzKYFvgJ
— Rogue Melania🍸🍸 (@RogueFirstLady) May 9, 2018
If Clinton dared to challenge a legal subpoena, Giuliani added, a judge would decide the matter:
“Then you have to testify. You don’t have a choice about that.”
Rudy even made a point of saying that no one is above the law, not even the most powerful man in the nation:
“Under the criminal law, everyone should be treated the same. And I know there are some people that say the president should be treated stricter. We used to have an era where the president was treated much more leniently. But I think the right answer is the president should be treated — as far as the criminal law is concerned, the president is a citizen.”
No kidding? Well then, perhaps Rudy Giuliani can explain why Clinton wasn’t immune to being held accountable, but his good friend Donald Trump is. Provided, that is, that he can even understand the question, which seems doubtful given some of his recent TV performances.
How confused is Rudy? Jimmy Kimmel explains it perfectly:
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