Obama will be the worst US president ever if Clinton pardoned

Nov 10, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump (left) key advisor, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
US President-elect Donald Trump (left) key advisor, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Wednesday that a preemptive pardon of Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information would seal President Barack Obama’s legacy as one of the “worst presidents ever.”

Giulani said then Obama should also pardon Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who was now spending a year in jail for taking pictures of the submarine.

“And he should pardon Petraeus and he should pardon Cartwright,” Giuliani told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor”.

Former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retired Marine General James Cartwright pleaded guilty before US District Judge Richard Leon last month to making false statements during an investigation into a leak of classified information about a covert cyber-attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The offence carries a maximum of five years in prison and Cartwright is scheduled to be sentenced in January.

In August this year, Saucier of Arlington, Vermont, was sentenced to a year in prison for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear attack submarine while it was in port in Connecticut.

A federal court judge in Bridgeport also ordered Saucier to serve six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring during a three-year period of supervised release after the prison time.

The sailor has pleaded guilty in May to unauthorised detention of defence information and had faced five to six years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Former CIA director, retired General David Petraeus resigned on Nov, 2012, and ultimately pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of mishandling highly classified information, including discussing it with journalists.

Petraeus was sentenced in April last year to two years of probation and handed a US$100,000 fine for the unauthorised removal and retention of classified material, in the form of notebooks he shared with his lover.

Giuliani, an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, did not rule out investigating Clinton if named attorney general in a Trump administration.

“There’s one tradition in America [which is] the election’s over, we forget about it. There’s another tradition in America, which is equal justice under the law. And it would depend on how bad the violations are.”

The former New York mayor gave no indications of who would hold critical positions in a Trump administration, saying that campaign manager KellyAnne Conway would be “a good choice” for chief of staff, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would be “fabulous” as head of the Department of Homeland Security.

Giuliani also described watching the election returns with the GOP nominee at Trump Tower.

“Trump was very calm. I think he realised the turning point was when the exit polls turned out to be so far off our own calculations,” he said. “Once he saw Florida turn and he knew he had Ohio – I always believed if he won Florida and Ohio the rest will fall in.”