I have right to pardon myself, declares Donald Trump

Posted June 07, 2018

US President Donald Trump aggressively hardened his defense against the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Monday (June 4), branding the probe "unconstitutional" and declaring that he has an "absolute right" to pardon himself of any crime.

The lawyer also once again suggested the president has the right to pardon himself, although he suggested this would not happen because Trump was is innocent and therefore has no need to do so.

Giuliani's remarks follow reports that the president's legal team sent a letter to special counsel Robert Mueller in late January outlining a legal justification that as president, Trump can not be held accountable for obstruction of justice and should not be interviewed by investigators. "That's not what the American people, I think, would be able to stand for".

The talk of self-pardoning has raised eyebrows amid the roiling debate over the Russian Federation meddling inquiry and the president's cooperation - or lack of it. Trump has issued a series of ever-sharper tweets attacking the Mueller probe as politically motivated and insisting there was "no collusion" between his campaign team and Russian Federation.

"What I can say is simply that there's nothing in the Constitution that prohibits it, but it'd be a disaster politically for them to try it".

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The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Mr Trump pardoning himself.

"They can't emotionally come to grips with the fact that this whole thing of Russian collusion didn't happen, (and) they are trying to invent theories of obstruction of justice", said Giuliani, a former NY mayor, referring to Mueller's team.

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.

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani was quoted by HuffPost as saying. "A guy from my high school claimed he could pardon himself, but everyone said he would have to have a rib removed so he could do it", Klepper said. Its focus has shifted away from looking for Russian collusion and towards finding evidence of obstruction by Trump's team.

Ryan also rejected Trump's claim that FBI investigators illegally placed an informant inside his campaign. "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!"

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Trump claimed that he has accomplished more than any other presidents in the first 500 days in office.

Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said he expects access to the information.

Article II of the Constitution states that the president "shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment".

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that the question of whether Trump has legal authority to pardon himself in the special counsel probe is "an academic discussion", adding that he does not think Trump needs his advice on the issue. "Drug prices coming down & Right to Try!" tweeted the U.S. president.

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