Giuliani Says Trump Could End Russia Probe, Pardon Himself

Giuliani Says Trump Could End Russia Probe, Pardon Himself

President Donald Trump boasted about his "absolute right" to pardon himself in the Russian Federation probe on Monday one day after Rudy Giuliani, one of his lawyers, raised the prospect.

President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that the president's constitutional powers probably include the ability to pardon himself.

"In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", said Giuliani.

Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said over the weekend that Trump could pardon himself, though he said he would nearly certainly be impeached if he did.

The questions followed a newly revealed January letter from Trump's legal team to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

But one legal expert questioned whether there was actually a consensus that a commander-in-chief can pardon himself.

In addition to the legal battles, Mr. Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings. "The question is, does the president believe the framers envisioned a system where the president could pardon himself?" "If he shot [former Federal Bureau of Investigation director] James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day".

"He has no intention of pardoning himself", Giuliani told ABC's "This Week," adding that the Constitution appears to allow it.

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Can a president pardon himself?

Giuliani said the president's legal team would contest an attempt by Mueller to compel Trump to testify in front of a grand jury.

"You guys would be the first to know if the president comes out here, but thankfully he does address the press in a number of ways and in a number of venues".

Trump's lawyers sent the letter as part of a broader argument that the President should not have to sit down with the special counsel. "You can read it that (pardon power) pretty much applies to anybody, but I don't think that makes much sense".

Mr Giuliani said the President can not be indicted or subpoenaed and has the power to pardon himself, leaving impeachment by the US Congress likely the remedy for presidential misconduct.

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

The investigation led by Mr Mueller - who previously served as FBI director during the presidency of George W Bush - has already led to criminal charges against Mr Trump's former aides, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Shortly after, the White House echoed that sentiment with an email to reporters titled: "President Donald J. Trump's 500 Days of American Greatness".

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