In Mueller Clash, Trump May Define What Presidential Power Means

04 June, 2018, 10:01 | Author: Bert Pena
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President Donald Trump, under pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 USA election, probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so, his attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday.

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. Finally, the letter says, although Trump may have helped Donald Trump, Jr. lie about the meeting at Trump Tower in which a purported Russian government official was supposed to provide dirt on Hillary Clinton, that was just "a private matter with the New York Times", not an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and therefore not a crime about which he can be questioned.

Rudy Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team just last month, took shots at special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller has told Trump's lawyers that investigators need to speak with the president to determine whether he sought to obstruct the probe.

He also stated that if the President were to give himself a pardon he'd likely face impeachment. "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?" 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.

The letter did not explicitly describe the possibility of Mr Trump pardoning himself. Todd asked him to clarify whether he was making the case "that [Trump] didn't obstruct or that a president can not obstruct justice".

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"The records and testimony we have, pursuant to the President's directive, already voluntarily provided to your office, allow you to delve into the conversations and actions that occurred in a significant and exhaustive manner, including but not limited to the testimony of the President's interlocutors themselves", the January 28, 2018, letter states.

Giuliani said he doubted Trump would now grant Mueller an interview. "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". "A president can under extreme circumstances be indicted, but we're facing extreme circumstances".

Giuliani noted that the political ramifications of a self-pardon could be severe. I mean, Trump's been telling us over, and over, and over again that this investigation is costing us way too much money.

President Trump's personal lawyer speaks out on "Hannity" about the Russian Federation investigation and the Trump team's strategy of speaking directly to the American people. A spokesman for Mr. Mueller declined to comment.

Presidents can technically be impeached for essentially any reason, and the articles of impeachment drafted against Richard Nixon cited his misleading statements to the American public. "I think people would erupt". "I don't think a president should pardon themselves", he told CNN's "State of the Union".

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