Joe Scarborough on Giuliani’s ‘Trump Shoots Comey’ Fantasy: ‘Literally Out of a Tyrant’s Playbook’
In an interview with the Huffington Post, former Mayor and current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said that even if President Trump shot James Comey, he couldn’t be indicted, only impeached.
On Morning Joe Monday, host Joe Scarborough said he recognizes this type of talk. It’s “literally out of a tyrant’s play book,” he says.
Scarborough outlined this by using examples of other dictators, and how they would use a hypothetical like this to flex their authority.
“You pick the president’s sworn political enemy and then you put it out there about the shooting of him,” he said, “And you let the president’s followers know that: Vladimir Putin could shoot his political rival and not be thrown in jail; Erdogan could do the same thing.”
“Except this is in America” he added.
Scarborough used another hypothetical, too.
I’m sorry. We just have to play this game. What if Barack Obama had said in 2009, 2010 or let’s say Eric Holder here, what if Eric Holder had said, you know what Barack Obama could shoot Rush Limbaugh and he can’t be indicted. Barack Obama could shoot George W. Bush and he couldn’t be indicted. The reaction from Republicans and the media would be just mind boggling.
Earlier in the segment, referencing the letter sent from the Trump team to Robert Mueller and asserting broad presidential powers including the immunity from indictment, Scarborough said that “these are not people who believe in basic constitutional foundations.”
In the Huffington Post interview, Giuliani stated that impeachment would be the proper legal remedy in the case of shooting Comey. “If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day,” he told reporter S.V. Date. “Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.”
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