Donald Trump claims he has 'absolute right to pardon myself'

Donald Trump claims he has 'absolute right to pardon myself'

Donald Trump claims he has 'absolute right to pardon myself'

The topic came up Sunday as Giuliani spoke with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" as the pair discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of possible collusion between Trump and Russian Federation to impact the 2016 presidential race.

"If I were president of the United States and I had a lawyer that said I could pardon myself, I think I would hire a new lawyer", Senator Grassley told Manu Raju, CNN's senior Congressional correspondent, on the steps of the Capitol on Monday.

In his tweet, Trump again called the investigation a "never ending Witch Hunt" and said it is being led by "13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats".

The comments come after The New York Times published a 20-page letter to special counsel Robert Mueller by Trump attorney Jay Sekulow and then-Trump lawyer John Dowd.

The letter states that Trump can not be indicted, subpoenaed or found guilty of obstruction of justice because he is the "chief law enforcement officer".

A 20-page memo sent to Mueller by Trump's attorneys John Dowd and Jay Sekulow in January and published in full by The New York Times last week argues that Trump can not be guilty of obstruction of justice because he has full jurisdiction over all federal investigations.

The leaked letter was part of a broader campaign fought by the White House legal team arguing that Trump should not have to sit down and give evidence to special counsel Mueller.


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

It remains an open question whether, if investigators find potentially criminal evidence against Trump, Mueller's team will try to challenge these longstanding Justice Department guidelines. "[It is a] really interesting constitutional argument: 'Can the president pardon himself?'" While Trump did have the authority to fire former FBI Director James Comey, the question becomes whether he had corrupt intent in doing so - the issue at the center of Mueller's obstruction investigation.

"Can Trump pardon himself?"

He added it would probably lead to an immediate impeachment.

"It's one of those days when you just don't know what to do because we have two things put out as truth, and they're opposites. Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" - he initially wrote.

"The appointment of the Special Councel [sic] is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" "And he has no need to do it; he's done nothing wrong".

"This understanding of presidential power is radical and absolutist", he said.

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