Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself,’ says Donald Trump

‘I have the absolute right to pardon myself,’ says Donald Trump

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to the Trump legal team, told ABC's "This Week" that a president "probably does" have the power to pardon himself, even while he insisted that Trump had no intention of doing so.

"I think that there's a constitutional authority for the president to pardon himself", Biggs said. "In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!"

Giuliani ¬underscored one of the main ¬arguments in a newly unveiled ¬letter sent by Trump's lawyers to Mueller in January: the President can not be given a grand jury subpoena as part of the probe into foreign meddling in the 2016 election.

Giuliani, who gained worldwide acclaim for his leadership as New York City's mayor during the September 11 attacks, argued that his work for Trump served a broader objective of protecting the office of the presidency.

"The appointment of a special prosecutor was an action consented to by the President and, at this late stage, that consent should not be rescinded". Around the same time, in a private meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and another Russian diplomat, Trump reportedly called Comey a "nut job" and said that "great pressure because of Russia" had been "taken off" by the firing.

"President Trump is wrong", Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

The Russia probe is still expected to conclude by September 1, Giuliani said. "So, come on, man up and make your decision".

"The bottom line is that there is no valid answer to the question, 'Can Trump pardon himself?' other than, 'He could try,"' the professor told The Post. In that memo, Mr Trump's lawyers argued the president could not have obstructed the investigation because, as the nation's chief law enforcement officer, he already has the power to terminate it.

Trump Jr. has been pitching a book that would cast a favorable light on his father, President Trump, and his approach to politics, according to a report on Fox Business.

Legal experts said Trump's broad claims of presidential privilege would not likely hold up in courts. I don't think anyone in Congress is contemplating it.

"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani added. "That's not where you want to go, because it rubs up so violently against everybody's intuitions about the presidency and its relationship to the rule of law". He sidestepped the issue again in his conversation with NPR, but instead raised questions about why the president is even talking about a pardon.

In fact, the Constitution touches upon the presidential power to pardon only briefly when it states in Article 2, Section 2 that "he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment".

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