Trump lawyer Giuliani says president probably can pardon himself

Trump lawyer Giuliani says president probably can pardon himself

Trump lawyer Giuliani says president probably can pardon himself

A private letter from Trump's legal team to Mueller, written in January, asserted what amounts to an unlimited right to halt federal investigations and issue pardons, concluding that a president can not obstruct justice.

Rudy Giuliani has said that Donald Trump's presidential powers are so great that he couldn't be indicted even if he shot former FBI Director James Comey. I think it would probably get answered by, 'gosh that's what the Constitution says.' And if you want to change it, change it. "Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is tough".

That stance mirrors a memo sent to Mueller in January, and reported Friday by the New York Times.

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".

Giuliani said he believes Mueller will conclude the investigation by September 1, "so we can get this long nightmare over for the American people".

Trump's lawyers and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders previously denied the president had dictated the statement and only offered suggestions.

"This is the reason you don't let the president testify", Giuliani told ABC. "Our recollection keeps changing" and sometimes needs to be corrected. Dowd has since left Trump's legal team, replaced by Giuliani.

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

No-one really knows. There is no precedent for a president trying. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction. Now the president is, however, constrained both by the Congress's impeachment power and the court's ability to undo indictments or investigations that are unfair.

Before delving into a detailed discussion of questions raised by Mueller, Trump's legal team points out that as the chief law enforcement officer in the nation, he has the power to terminate investigations and to pardon as he sees fit.

Giuliani was not part of Trump's legal team when the letter was written, he said he stands by most of it. What happened to the 'Russia collusion, ' though? Negotiations between Trump's lawyers and the special counsel on a possible interview have continued ever since.

But were he to do it, the likely impeachment process would be led by the House of Representatives - and he would then be removed from office by the Senate.

The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment. The "Justice Department is given a tremendous amount of independence". "I don't think a president should pardon themselves", he told CNN's "State of the Union".

The debate over a self-pardon has been further fueled as Trump has issued - or hinted at - a series of pardons to political allies, and done so in a way Democrats say is meant to signal his present and former aides that they need not fear resisting the Mueller probe.

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