Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump 'could pardon himself over Russian Federation but won't', says Giuliani

Trump 'could pardon himself over Russian Federation but won't', says Giuliani

According to data submitted to the Justice Department by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, the probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential elections stood at about $16.7 million in its first 10 and a half months.

The assertion by President Trump's lawyers that he can not obstruct justice because he has absolute authority over all federal investigations is legally problematic, analysts say, because it would essentially mean the nation's commander in chief is above the law.

So said Rudy Giuliani on Sunday when asked whether President Trump has the power to pardon himself, Reuters reports.

Giuliani said Sunday it remains an open question whether the president will testify in the investigation.

"I think it would probably get answered by, 'Gosh that's what the Constitution says, if you want to change it, change it.' I think the political ramifications of that would be tough", Giuliani he said.

The question of self-pardoning arose after the United States media published a letter in which Trump's lawyers said he has absolute power as the United States legal chief to end investigations or even exercise his power to pardon. Part of the investigation includes whether Trump tried to obstruct justice in the federal probe of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election.

Republican Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX) on Sunday warned President Donald Trump against pardoning himself. It sounds like a lot of money, until one puts things in perspective by acknowledging that the federal government is expected to spend $4.1 trillion in the 2018 fiscal year.

"He has no intention of pardoning himself", Giuliani said.

Giuliani said he doubted Trump would now grant Mueller an interview.

"This memo is a polite way of taking 20 pages to say, 'He's not coming in without a subpoena, and even then, you're in for a protracted fight, ' " Frenkel said.

The letter pushes a theory, popular with conservative legal theorists, that a president's power allows him to issue pardons for any reason, end probes into friends and open investigations into enemies, Sandick said. "President Trump has no need to do that".

In an email, Harvard Law School Professor Laurence Tribe, a frequent critic of Trump, called the letter "flatly wrong legally and indefensible constitutionally". I don't know where the President would go forward pardoning himself.

Rudy Giuliani also spoke at length explaining the amount of authority the justice department holds over President Trump as compared to Congress. Critics accused Trump of subverting the rule of law.

It is dated 29 January and was sent to Mr Mueller by John Dowd, one of Mr Trump's lawyers who has since left the team. "Should have told me!" "I think [if] the president decided he was going to pardon himself, I think that's nearly self-executing impeachment", Bharara told CNN's 'State of the Union'.

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