Trump has the power to pardon himself, insists adviser Giuliani

Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

Former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani says President Trump could probably pardon himself, but he won't.

"It could lead to impeachment, if he terminated an investigation of himself", Giuliani said in a separate interview on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Giuliani said Trump, who has pardoned notable conservative figures who have been convicted of crimes, has "no intention of pardoning himself", but added that "it would be an open question" whether he could do so, acknowledging there would be a political firestorm in the United States if he did.

"I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani said. "I think it would probably get answered by, gosh, that's what the constitution says".

Giuliani on Sunday stressed that Trump's legal team would fight back if special counsel Robert Mueller tried to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury, and added that the president "probably does" have the power to pardon himself but that the legal team has not discussed the option. Trump's team wrote to Mueller in January making the case that the president can not commit obstruction of justice under Mueller's probe because of his role as president having constitutional authority over all federal investigations.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, made clear he did not think Trump or any other president should pardon himself. More radically, according to the Times, the memo argues that because he has the power to stop the investigation, President Trump can not be accused of obstructing the investigation through his actions while it is ongoing.

"Pardoning other people is one thing, pardoning yourself is another". This, the letter argues, was not an admission that Trump fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation-"in fact", the letter asserts, "the President did not ever say such a thing". Could the president stop an investigation of himself, if not directly then by firing as many Justice Department officials as it takes until he finds one who will do it for him? That is because, they say, obstruction of justice "would amount to him obstructing himself" as the nation's chief law enforcement officer.

Numerous legal issues the president's team raised have little precedent, legal analysts said.

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His comment suggested that Trump's lawyers were beginning to persuade the president of the dangers involved. "We're leaning toward not (doing an interview)", said Giuliani.

The president's power to issue pardons is spelled out in Article II of the Constitution.

A related investigation by Giuliani's former USA attorney's office is examining the dealings of longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

The letter is dated January 29 and addressed to Mueller from John Dowd, a Trump lawyer who has since resigned from the legal team.

A special counsel is investigating Russia's role in the 2016 election, and whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

President Donald Trump's lawyers have made a bold assertion of presidential power.

The 20-page letter was a response to repeated requests by Mueller's office asking to interview Trump. They have to make a decision without him. "I'm not billing by the hour, otherwise I could tell you exactly", he joked about the case he has taken on for free.

The U.S. intelligence community concluded during the 2016 campaign that not only was Russian Federation interfering in the U.S. election, but was actively trying to help Trump win.

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