I have absolute right to pardon myself

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

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

It's the latest salvo from Trump in his bid to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump tweets on Monday: "The appointment of the Special Councel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! If presidents had the power to pardon themselves, we'd no longer be a democracy", Schumer said.

The president's legal team has made clear that it will combat any effort to force the president to give evidence in front of a grand jury.

In it, lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow maintained that the president cannot obstruct justice because "he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired".

According to The Wall Street Journal, constitutional scholars say the question of the presidential self-pardon remains unresolved. "Pardoning other people is one thing". And McGahn has also argued against the possible pardon as an unnecessary action by the president, a second official said.

Trump's lawyers have been negotiating with Mueller since the end of 2017 over terms of an interview. He said the informant was used to investigate Russia's role in the election.

Giuliani said Sunday that a decision about an interview would not be made until after Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, and he cast doubt that it would occur at all. "It certainly would not get laughed out of court the way some people seem to think", he said.

Mueller's team is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, as well as whether Trump tried to obstruct the FBI's investigation of his campaign, including when he fired former FBI Director James Comey. "If he did, he'd be impeached so fast", Giuliani said.

Ryan also seemed to rebuff Trump's claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used a confidential informant to "spy" on his 2016 presidential campaign.

"The President fired the FBI director, the President has the right to fire the FBI director, the President should have fired the FBI director", Giuliani said.

This combination photo shows President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Moon Township, Pa., on March 10, 2018, left, and Kim Kardashian West at the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront in NY on May 15, 2017.

"I mean, we're leaning toward not", Mr Giuliani told ABC. "If four of them are completely innocent and one of them is your assumption that it's a guilty motive, which (Trump) would deny, you can't possibly prosecute him".

"If they decide to follow those all up they'll be going on for 3-4 years, all to no avail and after millions and millions of taxpayer dollars, which is why I think we have to demand that he put up or shut up because we can answer anything he has", he said.

Bharara, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, told CNN that for a president to pardon himself would be "outrageous".

He continued: "I think that what Rudy has done is a shame and a disgrace as a former US attorney, and as a former justice official, he knows better, and it's an outright lie". "They're going to have to convince us that it's going to be a fair interview".

It's the second consecutive day that the New York Democrat has said Trump's approach to the Russian Federation probe is raising questions about the president's behavior.

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