The Note: Trump's stunning claims of executive power

The Note: Trump's stunning claims of executive power

7:01am, 4th June, 2018
The TAKE with Rick Klein "At any time and for any reason." That's the standard asserted by President Donald Trump's attorney regarding his power to terminate a Justice Department or FBI investigation, according to the letter sent to Robert Mueller that was revealed over the weekend. That is a stunning claim of executive power, coming from a president who is acting more emboldened – think pardon powers and tariff impositions – in exerting his powers virtually by the week. It's telling that prominent Trump backers and even some of his own attorneys aren't necessarily in sync on this assertion. "I would not go that far," Rudy Giuliani told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week," when asked if the president could end a bribery or murder case against him. Giuliani also pointed to another reason for Trump not to sit down with Mueller. Asked why official accounts regarding Donald Trump Jr.'s infamous Trump Tower meeting have changed as frequently as they have, Giuliani responded:...