Trump pardons aren’t ideological: Dinesh D’Souza

GOP rep 'Terrible move' for Trump to pardon himself

GOP rep 'Terrible move' for Trump to pardon himself

While arguing that the president has the theoretical ability to pardon himself, Giuliani and other Trump allies on Sunday nonetheless rejected the reality of such a brash move - in part because of the political backlash they said could lead to Trump's impeachment.

President Donald Trump said Monday he has "the absolute right" to pardon himself - but added that he has "done nothing wrong".

In several Monday morning tweets, Trump reasserted his lawyer's claims and continued to take aim at the investigation, calling it a "witch hunt" and "unconstitutional".

"It remains our position", the memo said, "that the president's actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself".

Mr Mueller, whose investigation already has led to criminal charges against Trump campaign aides including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is also looking into whether Mr Trump unlawfully sought to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

Pressed by reporters later Monday on whether Trump believes he is above the law, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders replied: "Certainly no one is above the law". "Despite that, we play the game because I, unlike the Democrats, have done nothing wrong!" he added in a second tweet.

"In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted", Giuliani said, according to the HuffPost.

Trump recently brought in former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as his lawyer defending him in the case, but Giuliani has been linked to a string of freaky gaffes across multiple news channels.

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But, a president can nearly certainly legally pardon anyone but himself, including family members, in federal and criminal cases. "Put all that together and people are backing off this thing".

In the memo, sent to Mueller's office in January, the President's legal team said that the President can not, by definition, illegally obstruct any part of the Russian Federation probe because the Constitution gives him the power to end it in the first place. It says in another clause he can't pardon an impeachment away; he can't stop or undo an impeachment. "I agree with Mayor Giuliani that there would be real challenges if the president were to do such a thing".

Last week Trump pardoned Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative author convicted of making illegal campaign contributions, and said he might commute the sentence of former Governor Rod R Blagojevich of IL, and pardon lifestyle guru Martha Stewart.

House Republican Majority leader Kevin McCarthy also told CNN that no president should pardon himself.

A 1974 memo from the U.S. Justice Department says: "Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the president can not pardon himself".

Interviewed by NBC's Lester Holt shortly after firing Comey, Trump said this: "I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it". "I think a mistake was made".

"I actually think he's probably right", Samuel Morison, a lawyer who formerly worked in the Justice Department's Office of the Pardon Attorney, told The Post on Sunday.

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