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Trump asserts 'absolute right' to pardon himself

05 June 2018
Trump asserts 'absolute right' to pardon himself

But he said doing so would have "tough" political ramifications.

Sanders also rejected questions about whether the President would rule out pardoning himself after the President's attorneys suggested in the same letter that Trump could terminate the special counsel's inquiry or "exercise his power to pardon".

Among those who have pleaded guilty are former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Rick Gates, a longtime business partner of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who has been indicted in the investigation. "He has no intention of pardoning himself", said Giuliani. I think it would probably get answered by gosh, that's what the Constitution says, and if you want to change it, change it.

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

"I disagree with Giuliani and I don't believe the law favors the position he is articulating", Zeldin said.

"It's not going to happen".

His lead attorney, Rudy Giuliani, says the commander in chief "probably does" have the legal ability to take such an action.

"Thankfully the president hasn't done anything wrong and therefore wouldn't need one", she said. He also said that "a full and absolute pardon can be issued, even without naming any of the crimes which might have been committed, or waiting until formal charges are brought or even sought".

Trump tweeted Monday morning. His lawyers at the time began discussing his pardoning powers as well.

Giuliani said he would be "willing to sit down with Mueller and argue it out if he has an open mind to it".

"It's an attempt to entrap the president", Biggs said on "Outnumbered Overtime" on Monday.

President Donald Trump is calling the special counsel Russian Federation probe "totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!"

"It's an outrageous claim. Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!", he wrote about 30 minutes later, misspelling counsel. They have to make a decision without him. "Lawyers do that all the time in briefs, even to court".

Because the president's power is contained in the Constitution, it is part of the system. And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction. Manafort has been charged by Mueller with multiple felonies, including money laundering, conspiracy, and bank and tax fraud.

"Unlike the argument that a President can not be indicted in office (which I have long rejected), the use of pardon authority presents a more hard question for both obstruction and impeachment claims", Turley wrote on his blog Monday. "Should have told me!"