Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

Rudy Giuliani: President Trump could pardon himself, but he probably wouldn’t

President Trump claimed in a tweet Monday that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself, although the matter has never been decided by the courts, and incorrectly asserted that the appointment of a special counsel is "unconstitutional".

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani reportedly said Sunday that Trump could shoot former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in the Oval Office and still not be indicted for it. The document also argues that Trump "could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired".

"I think if the president decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", he said.

"The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

Legal experts said Trump was claiming executive privileges that few presidents had ever claimed before.

Giuliani also confirmed that Trump still wants to testify to Mueller, but his legal team has advised him not to do so.

Constitutional scholars have been split on whether the president has the right to absolute self-pardon powers.

"If he shot James Comey, he'd be impeached the next day", Giuliani was quoted as saying.

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

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This is not the first time the issue of the president's ability to pardon himself has come up.

"This is from a letter from the outside counsel, and I direct you to them to answer that question", Sanders told reporters regarding the letter at a press briefing Monday.

"Certainly the constitution clearly lays out law and once again the president hasn't done anything wrong and we feel very comfortable on that front", she replied.

The comments by Mr Trump and Mr Giuliani followed a report by The New York Times of a confidential memo sent to Mr Mueller in January.

The investigation was established past year by the Department of Justice under a standing special counsel law.

Trump hasn't been accused of wrongdoing, and highlighted that as he railed against Mueller's investigation.

Another response to the President's angry Tweet was: "Why even talk about it then, unless you think you might need to do it?" "He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't".

Giuliani's comments come as the White House sharpens its legal and political defenses against the special counsel Russian Federation probe. President Bill Clinton was charged with obstruction in 1998 by the House of Representatives as part of his impeachment trial.

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