Trump can pardon himself, says Giuliani

Trump can pardon himself, says Giuliani

"Pardoning himself would be unthinkable and probably lead to immediate impeachment", he said.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Trump's lawyer clarified by saying that his client "has no intention of pardoning himself", then added that the US Constitution "doesn't say he can't".

Michigan State Professor of Law Brian Kalt said for years "nobody cared about the legal arguments I presented because they thought the whole question was absurd".

"I actually think he's probably right", Samuel Morison, a lawyer who formerly worked in the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, told the New York Post.

Mr Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Mr Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller has told Trump's lawyers that investigators need to speak with the president to determine whether he sought to obstruct the probe.

Comey had been leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence until his dismissal, which led to the appointment of Mueller to take it over.

Mueller's investigation has so far resulted in the guilty pleas of five people, including three former Trump campaign staffers, and the indictment of 14 other people and three companies.

In January 2016, Trump said this, bragging even a violent crime would not stop him: "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters". That is because, they say, obstruction of justice "would amount to him obstructing himself" as the nation's chief law enforcement officer.

"This is the reason you don't let the president testify", he said on Sunday's episode of ABC'S This Week.

Mueller is investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow.

The president's power to issue pardons is spelled out in Article II of the Constitution. The President has never said he would pardon himself. "I don't think a president should pardon themselves". They said that while the courts might ultimately limit what the president could be asked, it was unlikely they would agree with the president's legal interpretation that he cannot obstruct justice. The memo was obtained and published Saturday by the New York Times.

If Trump were served with a subpoena, legal analysts said they expect he would challenge it, and the dispute would nearly certainly escalate to the Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump's lawyers have made a bold assertion of presidential power.

He said that Trump wants to testify but that Giuliani and his team are leaning against recommending that.

If the President does not consent to an interview with the special counsel and Mueller does subpoena him, the interpretation by Trump's lawyers of broad executive powers would likely be tested in court if they made a decision to fight the subpoena. The roots of that probe have been under intense scrutiny, after recent revelations that the FBI used at least one spy to infiltrate Trump's campaign well before the investigation officially started.

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