Rudy Giuliani: Trump ‘probably’ has the power to pardon himself

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Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that President Donald Trump should not testify in the Russian Federation probe because "our recollection keeps changing" about certain incidents that the special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating - particularly a now-infamous statement explaining a 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

Speaking on American ABC's This Week program, Mr Giuliani added: "It would be an open question".

The existence of the letter was first reported by the New York Times.

He stressed, though, that Trump had done nothing wrong.

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.

Apart from this primary claim of unreviewable power over criminal investigations, the 2018 letter makes a number of remarkable, and sometimes very questionable, assertions.

Speaking on CNN, former USA attorney Pretty Bharara said: "It would be outrageous" for a sitting president to pardon himself.

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer made the bold claim that even if the president committed murder he still could not be indicted for his crime.

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.

"He could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired."
Pardoning other people is one thing. "He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't". The president expressed dismay that, when still a candidate, he wasn't told that authorities were probing Paul Manafort, who was hired as Trump's campaign chairman.

You may watch Rudy Giuliani's full interview with NBC News' Meet the Press and Chuck Todd in the video player above. Turley said, though, that because an obstruction case hinges on intent, Trump might have a hard time convincing a judge that investigators could get that information without talking to him. If the president were to pardon himself, Trump would be impeached, he said. "I don't think a president should pardon themselves".

It is indeed. Robert Mueller is not going away.

Later on Sunday Trump tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation should have informed him so that he would not have hired his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who is currenlty under indictment by the special counsel for conspiracy, money laundering, financial, and making false statements charges - among others. I know based on presidential rulings, meaning the discretion of the president, Justice Department is given a certain amount of independence.

Those opinions, though, are not the same as a court decision, nor do they rule out a president being forced to testify.

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