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Should Donald Trump be allowed to pardon himself?

07 June, 2018, 03:54 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

Mr Trump's team and allies have waged a public relations campaign against Mr Mueller and the Justice Department to discredit the investigation and soften the impact of the special counsel's potential findings.

"Certainly, the Constitution very clearly lays out the law". "President - the President's given every explanation and, and, and corrected some that were misimpressions".

"It seems like it would be a completely wrong assumption".

"The president hasn't done anything wrong".

The latest eye-catching tweet from President Donald Trump included a statement that he had the right to pardon himself in the eyes of "numerous legal scholars". "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" he added in a second tweet.

On a Sunday, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told on ABC's "This Week" programme it was an "open question" as to whether the president could pardon himself but that Trump "has no intention" of doing so. "I'm not sure how else I can answer that question", Sanders said. "The separation of your choice of how you vote is very separate from the professional responsibility to choose to go after one person or another for misconduct they actually do". Pardoning yourself is another. "He's obviously not going to give up any of his pardon powers, or any future president's pardon powers, but under these circumstances he's not going to do that". But many legal experts disagree. "But I don't think a president should pardon themselves".

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara also told State of the Union it would be "outrageous" for Trump to pardon himself.




Trump's lawyers sent the letter as part of a broader argument that the President should not have to sit down with the special counsel.

The matter appeared to be playing on Mr Trump's mind as he tweeted a second post branding the investigation as "unconstitutional" twice within an hour - having misspelt counsel in his original tweet as "councel".

Giuliani's comment to CNN's Chris Cuomo came after he told HuffPost he believed the President could not be indicted while in office and went so far as to say that Trump could shoot the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and not face charges before being impeached.

"The president would very much like to do an interview". We are a nation of laws, not men.

This is not the first time the issue of the president's ability to pardon himself has come up.

Rudy Giuliani says Trump might have that authority but exercising it would be "unthinkable".

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