Giuliani Claims Trump Has the Power to Pardon Himself

Howard TerryJun 07, 2018

He stressed, though, that Trump had done nothing wrong.

Mueller is investigating whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow. He previously covered the Trump White House. Trump has also said there was no collusion by his campaign.

A 20-page January letter from Trump's lawyers to Mueller that leaked to the media over the weekend argued that the White House has answered all of Mueller's questions and requests, and so he can not legally force the president to answer questions. I don't know where the President would go forward pardoning himself.

"It could lead to impeachment", Giuliani said, referring to the idea of Trump pardoning himself.

Still, he stood by the remark about hypothetically shooting the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director as an example of his belief in the strength of the President's immunity. Sanders says Trump "certainly didn't dictate" a statement from his eldest son about a campaign-period meeting with a Russian lawyer. "His lawyers are very, very suspicious", he said.

"He's got to have the discipline to put a stop to it, or we're going to have to do everything we can, including some things that I don't think we'd want to talk about right now, to try to, to try to appeal to have it stopped", he said.

The move by prosecutors is another sign that part of the Mueller investigation may be wrapping up. He also insisted Trump's lawyers be able to view the "authorization" Mueller was given to conduct his investigation.

According to The Wall Street Journal, constitutional scholars say the question of the presidential self-pardon remains unresolved.

The matter appeared to be playing on Mr Trump's mind as he tweeted a second post branding the investigation as "unconstitutional" twice within an hour - having misspelt counsel in his original tweet as "councel". "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" - he initially wrote. Their main argument was that Trump couldn't possibly obstruct justice in the Mueller probe because the Constitution grants the president power to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon". He supported Trump in 2016 and was considered but passed over for positions in the administration.

"They have revealed no evidence that President Trump has done anything wrong", he said.

Giuliani, Trump's lawyer in the Russian investigation, noted that he was sharing a personal opinion and was not part of the USA foreign policy team.

Giuliani has also asserted that the president could pardon himself, but would not, because he is innocent.

In it, Trump's legal team say the president could not be acting illegally to obstruct the investigation because the United States constitution empowers him to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon".

This is not the first time the issue of the president's ability to pardon himself has come up.

"Your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the president", it said. "If presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy", Schumer said.

Giuliani's comments about Mueller were the latest salvo in his attacks on the probe into Russia's potential meddling in U.S elections.

He made it clear Trump's legal team would combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury.

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