Jun 3, 2018

Rudy Giuliani claims Trump couldn't be indicted, even if he shot Comey

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani

President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the Huffington Post Sunday that the Constitution's broad power would prevent a president from being prosecuted, even in the extreme hypothetical case that President Trump shot former FBI director James Comey instead of firing him.

“In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted. I don’t know how you can indict while he’s in office. No matter what it is ... If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day. Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.”
— Rudy Giuliani to HuffPost

Be smart: Former White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen, who served under President Obama, told HuffPost that Giuliani's claim is uninformed and the Constitution grants no such protection.

"A president could not be prosecuted for murder? Really? It is one of many absurd positions that follow from their argument. It is self-evidently wrong.”
— Norm Eisen

The backdrop: Giuliani's remarks follow a Saturday report detailing how the Trump's lawyer's bold new claim that the president can't obstruct justice because his presidential authority is so broad it makes obstruction impossible.

  • Giuliani also claimed on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday morning that Trump "probably" has the power to pardon himself if special counsel Robert Mueller's team finds him guilty of obstructing justice. But Giuliani clarified that Trump has no plan to do so.

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Why it matters: Serologic tests aren't to determine whether or not you're infected with coronavirus. They are to determine if you have potential immunity that could allow you to safely return to work.

Government tech struggles to dole out coronavirus stimulus cash

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Tech challenges are hampering federal and state government efforts to get funds from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law into the hands of newly unemployed workers and struggling small businesses who need it.

Why it matters: Many businesses and individuals need the money now for essentials, including meeting payroll and paying rent.

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,600

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,600 in the U.S. on Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday the coming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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