‘I Have The Absolute Right To Pardon Myself’

Minnie Murray
June 5, 2018

In a series of tweets Monday morning, President Donald Trump asserted that he had the "absolute right" to pardon himself and that the special counsel's investigation into his campaign violated the US Constitution.

But Giuliani said the president and his legal team would not take those extreme steps - specifically, that Trump would not pardon himself - because "we can win it on the facts". "In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!" the president tweeted.

In the letter, which The New York Times published Saturday, Sekulow and Dowd argued the President could not possibly have committed obstruction in the Russian Federation probe because he has constitutional powers to "terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired".

The letter states that Trump can not be indicted, subpoenaed or found guilty of obstruction of justice because he is the "chief law enforcement officer".

His comments echoed Giuliani's, who said Sunday that a self-pardon was out of the cards and could lead to impeachment - but Trump could do it if he wanted to.

Sanders said he would let the press know if he planned to come to the briefing room, but she also indicated the president communicates with the media in other forums.

President Donald Trump has lashed out at Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "Russiagate" investigation.

Legal experts said Trump was claiming executive privileges that few presidents had ever claimed before.

Giuliani, a former prosecutor, was not on Trump's legal team when the letter to Mueller was written.


But questions they have submitted to the White House indicate Mueller is examining Trump's actions, including his firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, for possible obstruction of justice.

The constitution is silent on the issue of whether the President's broad power to grant pardons extends to himself, and some lawyers say that supports Mr Trump's position.

Preet Bharara, who was sacked by Trump, told CNN's "State of the Union" that a self-pardon would be "outrageous". "You can read it that (pardon power) pretty much applies to anybody, but I don't think that makes much sense".

Trump tweeted the following, misspelling the word "Counsel", using capital letters to emphasize the alleged unconstitutionality of the Special Counsel appointment.

On Thursday, Trump stunned much of the political world by announcing a presidential pardon for the conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza and floating the possibility of pardons for the television personality Martha Stewart and the former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of IL.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani recently said the probe may need to be curtailed because, in his estimation, it was based on inappropriately obtained information from an informant and former FBI Director James Comey's memos. "No one is above the law, and that includes the president of the United States".

This kind of terribly uneducated-or worse, purposefully inaccurate-rhetoric by Trump's attorneys might get past the casual TV viewer between commercials, but not Norm Eisen, White House ethics lawyer for the Obama administration.

"This understanding of presidential power is radical and absolutist", he said.

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