Rudy Giuliani should certainly understand how the law works. He once worked as a District Attorney in New York City and was known for prosecuting high profile mobsters. He became the Mayor of the city largely due to his reputation from this role.
Today, however, Giuliani often shows a strange understand of the law and what’s acceptable. During a weekend appearance on Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show, he argued that the Supreme Court could end Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.
The sometimes Trump lawyer told the Fox host, “[rules are] set by the Senate. Then the chief justice interprets the rules. The chief justice will be given the power to dismiss.”
He continued, “there’s nothing in the Constitution that would allow the Supreme Court.”
The veering Giuliani finished his rant by claiming that it’s better for Trump if the high court doesn’t get involved. “I can even argue that politically it would be better to go to trial,” he said. “They’ll find out about [Joe] Biden, they’ll find out what a big crook Biden is.”
The former New York City Mayor was soon fact checked by former Solicitor General Neal Katyal. “This is just about as good of a legal argument as everything else Giuliani says,” he tweeted. “Back in the world of legal reality, the Supreme Court resoundingly and unanimously concluded in US v Nixon that it had no role to play in impeachments whatsoever.”
This is just about as good of a legal argument as everything else Giuliani says.
Back in the world of legal reality, the Supreme Court resoundingly and unanimously concluded in US v Nixon that it had no role to play in impeachments whatsoever. https://t.co/meheUeDsnK
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 9, 2020
CNN’s Renato Mariotti also weighed in. The legal analyst wrote, “Impeachment is literally written in the constitution, which gives the House the “sole power” of impeachment.”
Impeachment is literally written in the constitution, which gives the House the “sole power” of impeachment.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) January 9, 2020
Watch a video of Giuliani’s comments below, courtesy of Fox News:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020