Trump Lawyers: A President Cannot Obstruct Justice

Top Republican says Trump shouldn’t pardon himself

Top Republican says Trump shouldn’t pardon himself

Rudy Giuliani believes President Donald Trump probably has the power to pardon himself.

"You might want to say he has very broad powers and somebody who wants to question that under Article Two has a big, big burden of showing that there is no innocent explanation for what he did", Giuliani responded.

The question came up when host George Stephanopoulos asked about why the Trump camp kept changing its answer about whether the president played a role in drafting a July 8, 2017 statement to the New York Times about Donald Trump Jr.

The letter explained that as president, Trump can neither be indicted nor subpoenaed, and could not be guilty of obstruction of justice due to his position as "chief law enforcement officer".

However, Trump's legal team has been reluctant to allow such an interview out of concern that prosecutors could use the president's words against him. But in a 20-page memo to Mueller, which was obtained and published by The New York Times on Saturday, Trump's lawyers admitted that Trump himself dictated the statement.

The letter, dated January 29, argues that the Constitution empowers the President to, "if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon". "The president is not saying he is going to pardon himself". 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?


House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican, made clear that he did not think Mr Trump or any other president should pardon himself.

With the notion of pardoning the pair, many interpreted as a signal to allies ensnared in the Russian Federation probe but also to raise the topic of how widely the president - any president - can use the executive office's pardoning power.

Critics accused Mr Trump of subverting the rule of law.

Trump has issued a series of ever-sharper tweets attacking the Mueller probe as politically motivated and insisting there was "no collusion" between his campaign team and Russian Federation.

He also said the President's legal team planned to challenge any potential subpoena from the special counsel's office as harassment or as unnecessary because the White House has turned over more than a million documents and several witnesses. "I'm not billing by the hour, otherwise I could tell you exactly", he joked about the case he has taken on for free.

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