Trump lawyer Giuliani says president can probably pardon himself

04 June, 2018, 17:01 | Author: Carlos George
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Donald Trump's lawyer has claimed the USA president "probably" has the power to pardon himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. And on Wednesday, Trump tweeted that he wished that he had chosen someone else to run the Justice Department.

He continued: "So bad for our Country".

Trump responded to the news on Saturday, suggesting that people involved in the investigation had leaked the letter to the media. "Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?"

It is possible that Clapper regarded Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, or even White House hacks like Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett and Ben Rhodes as his de facto superiors.

Dowd later resigned from the case.

While saying on Sunday that Trump wanted to sit down with Mueller, Giuliani added, "It's beginning to get resolved in favor of not doing it". Trump's lawyers made it. Trump denies both charges. "He has no intention of pardoning himself, but he probably - not to say he can't". "And it would lead to probably an immediate impeachment".

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.

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Mr Guiliani was speaking less than 24 hours after the publication of a secret 20 page memo sent from Mr Trump's legal team to the Mueller investigation. He told HuffPo that Trump's constitutional authority as President is broad enough to protect him from an indictment in the Russian Federation probe or any federal investigation. As early as last summer, as Mueller's probe proceeded, the president began quietly asking advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself.

"The fact is, everything that we're seeing, there is no precedent for", said Jacob Frenkel, who worked in the independent counsel's office in the late 1990s and is now at the law firm Dickinson Wright.

Trump described the formation of the Special Counsel as "totally unconstitutional", but said that he would continue to cooperate with the investigation.

The letter also questions why there wasn't a special counsel investigation into President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton amid the email server debacle.

The legal team also points out that the investigation against Flynn proceeded unimpeded and resulted in an indictment, despite Trump's alleged comments.

The special counsel's questions about the firing of Comey suggest that the investigators are attempting to determine whether Trump fired Comey in order to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.



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