USA president Donald Trump on Monday said he had committed no wrongdoing but has the "absolute" power to pardon himself, echoing an sweeping argument put forth by his lawyers amid the U.S. special counsel's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.
Rudy Giuliani defended President Donald Trump's lawyers and press secretary on Monday, saying no one had lied about an infamous 2016 meeting between Trump's son and a Russian lawyer, but rather, they'd made mistakes when talking about it past year. In it, the attorneys argued that the president has the power to terminate an investigation "at any time and for any reason" and could "even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired". "I think the political ramifications of that would be tough". During the 2016 presidential election, he focused on the Democratic campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.
The talk of self-pardoning has raised eyebrows amid the roiling debate over the Russian Federation meddling inquiry and the president's cooperation - or lack of it. 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.
"I said, you know very theoretically, the answer is the President can't be prosecuted for anything", Giuliani said on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time".
"He has no intention of pardoning himself".
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That power includes "the power to pardon any person before, during or after an investigation and/or conviction", they said in the letter.
He was also on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Trump.
Ryan also seemed to rebuff Trump's claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used a confidential informant to "spy" on his 2016 presidential campaign.
"I think Chairman's Gowdy's initial assessment is accurate. but we have some more digging to do", Ryan said.
President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani tells CBN it feels like the president would be walking into a trap if he testified to special counsel Robert Mueller. "President Trump is not going to do that".
So the issue of whether a president can pardon themselves is matter of interpretation because no president has tried to do it. Giuliani said the US Constitution, which gives a president the authority to issue pardons, 'doesn't say he can't'.