Trump Asserts "Absolute" Right to Pardon Himself in Russia Probe

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Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has predicted the investigation will ultimately lead to an impeachment battle, said Sunday that the president "probably" has the power to pardon himself.

Giuliani's comments raised eyebrows, as did the assertion that the President had the power to pardon himself.

"It would be an open question".

McConnell says Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator, remains popular with Republican senators and he hopes Sessions remains in office.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that President Trump should not pardon himself.

Lifestyle guru and businesswoman Martha Stewart is on the list of new potential pardons - though a source said the president has cooled on that idea.

"President Trump didn't take that".

"Let me just tell you that from - from my perspective - I don't think the president needs any advice on pardoning himself", McConnell said.

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In the letter to Mueller, which was sent in January, Sekulow and Dowd also acknowledged for the first time that Trump "dictated" a statement put out about his son's controversial 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower.

The White House press secretary was also hammered with questions about Trump's claim that he has the "absolute right" to pardon himself.

Trump's legal team is making clear that it will combat any effort to force the president to testify in front of a grand jury.

"For every one of these things he did, we can write out five reasons why he did it", Giuliani said. Also, I could kill you at anytime, but why would I do that? "Impeach him and then you can do whatever you want to do to him", he added.

Mr Giuliani said of the Democrats on Mr Mueller's team: "They can't emotionally come to grips with the fact that this whole thing with Russian collusion didn't happen".

It's the latest salvo from Trump in his bid to discredit the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller.

"He's not going to pardon himself", Giuliani said.

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Clinton's counsel, Charles Ruff, was even explicitly asked to give an assurance that "Clinton will not pardon himself or that he will not accept a pardon from any presidential successor".