Trump’s team denies president plans to pardon himself

Hugh Fox
June 4, 2018

In a new interview with NBC News' Meet the Press with host Chuck Todd, Giuliani discussed the outcome of President Trump ending Mueller's investigation.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't", Giuliani said.

"In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", Rudy Giuliani told HuffPost Sunday, claiming a president's constitutional powers are that broad.

Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team just last month amid growing problems with attorney Michael Cohen, told ABC News' "This Week" Sunday morning that the president "probably" has the legal power to pardon himself if and when Mueller's investigation moves ahead with any indictments or legal issues.

As Axios reported, Russian Federation investigation Special Counsel Robert Mueller is believed to have Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, particularly for Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017.

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The question of self-pardon arose after the New York Times published a letter to the counsel from Mr Trump's lawyers.

The lawyers conclude the letter by offering to answer questions from Mueller in written form. Many hit out at the idea of the president abusing the pardon power, while others raged at the perceived double standard employed by his personal attorney.

Both Mr Trump and Russian Federation have continued to deny any collusion in the run-up to his shock election triumph, with the USA leader previously labelling the investigation a "witch hunt".

Trump's team not only argues that he can pardon himself but also argues that he has unlimited power to investigate his enemies and end investigations into his friends.

The letter is "pretty extraordinary" in that it states an action that would otherwise be illegal isn't illegal when a president does it, former Manhattan federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah said. "In light of these voluntary offerings, your office clearly lacks the requisite need to personally interview the President". It's a hypothetical point, " Giuliani said. "If the president were to pardon himself, he'll get impeached".

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Whether Trump may pardon himself is a matter of some debate.

Norm Eisen, a former White House ethics lawyer under President Obama, told HuffPost that Giuliani's claims were "absurd".

FILE PHOTO: President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani arrives at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 30, 2018.

In addition to the legal battles, Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings.

The lawyers emphasize that Trump had already gone beyond what is legally required of him and had waived the executive communications privilege in order to exhaustively satisfy Mueller's queries.

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Long-standing Justice Department rules have concluded that a sitting president can not be indicted for criminal wrongdoing.

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