Trump Says Has 'Absolute' Right to Pardon Himself Amid Russia Probe

Jun 05, 2018, 03:33
Trump Says Has 'Absolute' Right to Pardon Himself Amid Russia Probe

But Giuliani said the president and his legal team would not take those extreme steps - specifically, that Trump would not pardon himself - because "we can win it on the facts".

Giuliani's statements arrive one day after The New York Times discovered that Trump's lawyers argued the following notion to special counsel Robert Mueller: Trump couldn't possibly obstruct justice, ever, because he can shut any investigation down, at anytime, anyway.

"In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", Giuliani told the Huffington Post.

Giuliani said it's imperative Trump's lawyers see the Spygate report detailing why the FBI planted an informant within the president's campaign - someone who initiated contact with three campaign advisers before the FBI opened its investigation into Russian collusion allegations.

Earlier Monday, Trump weighed in on the question of whether he could pardon himself for any crimes he might have committed.

He also insisted Trump's lawyers be able to view the "authorization" Mueller was given to conduct his investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said in August that Trump "certainly didn't dictate" the memo, a comment that now directly contradicts Trump's legal team. 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.

Giuliani, appearing on ABC's "This Week" Sunday morning, said Trump could pardon himself, though has no plans to do so.

The investigation was established a year ago by the Department of Justice under a standing special counsel law. "He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't".

Some interpreted these actions as a signal that Trump would move to pardon anyone implicated in Mueller's investigation, including, potentially, himself. "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!", he wrote about 30 minutes later, misspelling counsel.

"Thankfully, the President hasn't done anything wrong and wouldn't have any need for a pardon", Sanders said, not directly addressing the question.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media after meeting with North Korea's envoy Kim Yong Chol at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018. "It is hard to imagine judicial backing of these views", said Mark Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and author of a book on presidential powers.

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