Giuliani scorched for claiming US Constitution 'obligates' Trump to extort Ukraine to investigate Bidens
The President’s personal attorney is claiming – falsely – that the U.S. Constitution “obligates” President Donald Trump to extort Ukraine to manufacture false evidence of crimes by his top political opponent Joe Biden and the former vice president’s son Hunter Biden.
And he’s getting scorched for these false claims.
Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney, made the false claims Friday morning on Twitter.
Presidential Legal Obligations 101: Art 2, Sec. 3 of the US Constitution obligates the President to investigate a… https://t.co/PWzzkhP84h— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani)1575636909.0
It comes as a huge shock to Democrats that @realDonaldTrump will ask for investigations concerning violations of US… https://t.co/BEdLsEprAu— Rudy W. Giuliani (@Rudy W. Giuliani)1575640466.0
Here’s what Article II, Section III of the U.S. Constitution actually says:
“He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.”
There is nothing in that portion of the Constitution to support Giuliani’s claims.
Here’s how some are responding on social media:
@RudyGiuliani Actually the State Dept found they had met the criteria for receiving the money. Investigating corrup… https://t.co/bxYKJJkWI1— Wendy (@Wendy)1575637319.0
@RudyGiuliani @realDonaldTrump Dude, lay off the shrooms, that's not what it says at all— Analyst @ Surefire Intelligence (@Analyst @ Surefire Intelligence)1575640545.0
Rudy literally just admitted yesterday that "investigate corruption" actually meant "smear Biden." https://t.co/doSwUrVNvu— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent)1575639174.0
@JRubinBlogger Giuiliani is back in Ukraine claiming the Article 2 Section 3 "take care" clause in the Constitution… https://t.co/0PnX9YkkbW— Luke Wilson (@Luke Wilson)1575640814.0
He’s supposed to ask it of… the United States government. But instead, he tried to keep it secret from the United… https://t.co/CMqyC2J2oq— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™)1575640649.0
@RudyGiuliani @realDonaldTrump Obama Obama Obama. Obama. Obama. Obama. You're going to jail Rudy. Tick tock.— wa Mucunu (@wa Mucunu)1575640690.0
Article 2, Section 3 empowers the president to convene Congress for a State of the Union. Not sure what Giuliani is… https://t.co/yltxHNqECK— Ron Garza (@Ron Garza)1575637946.0
@RudyGiuliani @realDonaldTrump Still lying, grifting and cheating eh Rudy? No learning curve for you!— Zelda J Pinwheel (@Zelda J Pinwheel)1575641063.0
@RudyGiuliani So... Shucking disclosure : Rudy Giuliani is citing a portion of the constitution incorrectly, thereb… https://t.co/dCHi6L0CUA— Timothy Collins (@Timothy Collins)1575638381.0
I'm not a big city lawyer, but... that's not what Article 2, Section 3 says. It does say POTUS must take care laws… https://t.co/cn4afvqdGu— Everything is bad and dumb (@Everything is bad and dumb)1575640982.0